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formal

See also: formál

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English formel, from Old French formel, from Latin formalis, from forma (form); see form.

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formal (comparative more formal, superlative most formal)

  1. Being in accord with established forms.
  2. Official.
  3. Relating to the form or structure of something.
  4. Ceremonial.
  5. Organized; well-structured and planned.
  6. (mathematics) Relating to mere manipulation and construction of strings of symbols, without regard to their meaning.
    Formal series are defined without any reference to convergence.

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NounEdit

formal (plural formals)

  1. Formalin.
  2. An evening gown.
  3. An event with a formal dress code.
    Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal.

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin formalis.

AdjectiveEdit

formal m, f (masculine and feminine plural formals)

  1. formal

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Crimean TatarEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin formalis, from forma (form).

AdjectiveEdit

formal

  1. formal

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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Form +‎ -al

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formal (comparative formaler, superlative am formalsten)

  1. formal (being in accord with established forms)

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Usage notesEdit

Not to be confused with formell. The adjectives formell and informell express the presence or absence of ceremonies: ein informelles Treffen is a meeting in a near-private context. The adjective formal stresses the outward appearance (pro forma) as opposed to the content or the spirit.

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AdjectiveEdit

formal m, f (plural formais; comparable)

  1. formal (being in accord with established forms)
  2. formal (official)
  3. formal (relating to the form or structure of something)
  4. formal (ceremonial)
  5. (logic) formal (involving mere manipulations of symbols)

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French formel < Latin formalis.

AdjectiveEdit

formal

  1. formal

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin formalis.

AdjectiveEdit

formal m, f (plural formales)

  1. formal

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