HyperDic: formal

English > 8 senses of the word formal:
ADJECTIVEallformalbeing in accord / accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)
allformalcharacteristic of or befitting a person in authority
allformal(of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms
allformal, conventional, schematicrepresented in simplified or symbolic form
allformallogically deductive
allformal, courtly, statelyrefined or imposing in manner or appearance
NOUNeventformal, balla lavish dance requiring formal attire
artifactformal, dinner dress, dinner gown, evening gowna gown for evening wear
formal > pronunciation
Soundsfao'rmahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > formal: 8 senses > adjective 1
MeaningIn accord / accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress).
Examples
  • "pay one's formal respects"
  • "formal dress"
  • "a formal ball"
  • "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"
  • "a formal education"
Attribute offormality, formalnessA manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies
Narrowerceremonialmarked by pomp or ceremony or formality
ceremonious, conventionalrigidly formal or bound by convention
dress, full-dress(of an occasion) requiring formal clothes
form-onlyA matter of form only
full-dress, dressSuitable for formal occasions
nominal, titularExisting in name only
positive, prescribedformally laid down or imposed
pro forma, perfunctoryAs a formality only
semiformal, semi-formal, black-tieModerately formal
starchy, stiff, buckramrigidly formal
white-tierequiring white ties and tailcoats for men
See alsoconventionalFollowing accepted customs and proprieties
formal(of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms
Oppositeinformalnot formal
Spanishformal
Catalanformal
Nounsformalitycompliance with formal rules
formalnessa manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies
Adverbsformallyin a formal / formal manner
English > formal: 8 senses > adjective 2
Meaningcharacteristic of or befitting a person in authority.
Example"formal duties"
BroaderofficialHaving official authority or sanction
Spanishformal, oficial
Catalanformal, oficial
Nounsformalitya requirement of etiquette or custom
Adverbsformallywith official authorization
English > formal: 8 senses > adjective 3
Meaning(of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms.
Example"the paper was written in formal English"
Attribute offormality, formalnessA manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies
NarrowerliteraryAppropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing
See alsoformalIn accord / accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)
rhetoricalGiven to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
OppositeinformalUsed of spoken and written language
Spanishformal
Catalanformal
English > formal: 8 senses > adjective 4
Meaningrepresented in simplified or symbolic form.
Synonymsconventional, schematic
Categoryfine arts, beaux artsThe study and creation of visual works of art
BroadernonrepresentationalOf or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature
Spanishesquemático, formal
Catalanesquemàtic, formal
English > formal: 8 senses > adjective 5
Meaninglogically deductive.
Example"formal proof"
Broaderlogicalcapable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning
Spanishformal
Catalanformal
English > formal: 8 senses > adjective 6
Meaningrefined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court.
Synonymscourtly, stately
BroaderdignifiedHaving or expressing dignity
Spanishelegante, formal, solemne
Catalanformal
Nounsformalnessa manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies
English > formal: 8 senses > noun 1, event
MeaningA lavish dance requiring formal attire.
Synonymball
Narrowercotillion, cotilionA ball at which young ladies are presented to society
masked ball, masquerade ball, fancy-dress ballA ball at which guests wear costumes and masks
promenade, promA formal ball held for a school class toward the end of the academic year
BroaderdanceA party for social dancing
Spanishbaile
English > formal: 8 senses > noun 2, artifact
MeaningA gown for evening wear.
Synonymsdinner dress, dinner gown, evening gown
Broaderformalwear, eveningwear, evening dress, evening clothesattire to wear on formal occasions in the evening
gownA woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
Spanishtraje de noche
Catalanvestit de nit

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