|Origin:||formalis, from forma; FORM1|
form‧al1 S2 W2
made or done officially or publicly [≠ informal]:
official[usually before noun]
formal recognition of the reformed church
a formal agreement between the countries
There is no formal structure for negotiating pay increases.
make/lodge a formal complaint
Mr Kelly has lodged a formal complaint against the police.
formal behaviour is very polite, and is used in official or important situations, or with people you do not know well [≠ informal]:
Over the years, teaching methods have changed and become less formal.
formal language is used in official or serious situations [≠ informal]:
'Yours sincerely' is a formal way of ending a letter.
a formal event is important, and people who go to it wear special clothes and behave very politely [≠ informal]:
I've met her twice but only on formal occasions.
a formal dinner
formal dress is clothing such as a tuxedo for men or a long dress for women, that is worn to formal events [≠ casual, informal]:
We insist on formal dress for dinner.
education etc in a subject or skill, that you receive in a school, college etc rather than practical experience of it:
knowledge and wisdom gained from experience rather than from formal education
done in a very organized way [≠ informal]:
The course includes formal lectures.
a formal garden, park, or room is arranged in a very organized way [≠ informal]:
the palace's beautifully restored formal gardens