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formal

for·mal

formal

 
 
pronunciation:
for ml
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: following accepted rules for doing something; proper, legal, or official.
A teacher cannot move a student to another class; parents have to make a formal request to the principal.
synonyms:
correct, official, proper
similar words:
customary, legal, regular, routine, standard, stiff, strict
definition 2: following solemn or polite customs or traditions.
The wedding was very formal and we had to dress up and be on our best behavior.
 
antonyms:
casual, informal
definition 3: proper or socially correct, sometimes to the point of being cold; stiff.
Her parents were so formal that they made their guests feel uncomfortable.
synonyms:
reserved, stiff
similar words:
conservative, prim, proper, stuffy
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a dance or other social event to which formal clothing is worn.
Are you going to the winter formal?
definition 2: an evening dress or gown.
She wore a formal to the ball.
similar words:
gown
derivations: formally (adv.), formality (n.)
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