formalform‧al1 /ˈfɔːməl $ ˈfɔːr-/ ●●●S2W2 adjective 🔊 🔊 1PGofficial [usually before noun] made or done officially or publicly opp informal 🔊 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.2POLITEbehaviourformalbehaviour is very polite, and is used in official or important situations, or with people you do not know well opp informal 🔊 Over the years, teaching methods have changed and become less formal.3SLlanguage formal language is used in official or serious situations opp informal 🔊 ‘Yours sincerely’ is a formal way of ending a letter.4DPOLITEevent/occasion a formal event is important, and people who go to it wearspecialclothes and behave very politely opp informal 🔊 I’ve met her twice but only on formal occasions. 🔊 a formal dinner5clothes formal dress is clothing such as a tuxedo for men or a long dress for women, that is worn to formal events opp casual, informal 🔊 We insist on formal dress for dinner.6 →formal education/training/qualifications7organized done in a very organized way opp informal 🔊 The course includes formal lectures.8garden/park a formal garden, park, or room is arranged in a very organized way opp informal 🔊 the palace’s beautifully restored formal gardens →formally
formalformal2 noun [countable] American English 🔊 🔊 1Da dance at which you have to wear formal clothes2DCCan expensive and usually long dress that women wear on formal occasions
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formal• A tangerine-and-lime brocadeformal in perfectcondition comes to mind.• And the women were in their formals and they all sat down and there was not a laugh in the entire show.• The school is holding a winterformal.From Longman Business Dictionaryformalfor‧mal /ˈfɔːməlˈfɔːr-/ adjectivedone or given officially and publiclyThe companies said they expect to sign a formal agreement before year’s end.No formal announcement has yet been made.The British authorities have decided to launch a formal investigation into the company’s trading practices. —formally adverbThe merger was formally announced late yesterday afternoon.