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1. formal

adjective. ['ˈfɔrməl'] being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress).

Synonyms

  • stiff
  • dress
  • prescribed
  • semiformal
  • form-only
  • positive
  • white-tie
  • full-dress
  • titular
  • nominal
  • perfunctory
  • ceremonious
  • pro forma
  • formality
  • formalness
  • starchy
  • conventional
  • black-tie
  • buckram
  • ceremonial

Antonyms

  • informality
  • informal
  • ineffective
  • impotent

Etymology

  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • formel (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Formal

  • paranormal
  • abnormal
  • normal

How do you pronounce formal?

Pronounce formal as ˈfɔrməl.

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Example sentences of the word formal


1. Adjective
The title should be her formal job title.

Quotes containing the word formal


1. Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
- Jim Rohn

2. While formal schooling is an important advantage, it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.
- Ray Kroc

3. When I teach the formal curriculum, I have the chance to think about it ahead of time. I can rehearse it. I can illustrate it with self-deprecating humor and humble-sounding personal disclosure. I can try to make it comes out just right.
- John Ortberg

2. semi-formal

adjective. moderately formal; requiring a dinner jacket.

Synonyms

  • formal
  • semiformal

Antonyms

  • unconventional
  • informality
  • unrhetorical

3. formal

adjective. ['ˈfɔrməl'] characteristic of or befitting a person in authority.

Antonyms

  • mobile

Etymology

  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • formel (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

4. formal

adjective. ['ˈfɔrməl'] (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms.

Synonyms

  • formality
  • formalness
  • rhetorical

Antonyms

  • informality
  • informal
  • irresolute
  • woman

Etymology

  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • formel (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

5. formal

noun. ['ˈfɔrməl'] a gown for evening wear.

Synonyms

  • dinner gown
  • evening clothes
  • formalwear
  • evening dress
  • dinner dress
  • evening gown
  • gown

Antonyms

  • stay
  • dress up
  • dress down
  • uglify

Etymology

  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • formel (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

6. formal

noun. ['ˈfɔrməl'] a lavish dance requiring formal attire.

Synonyms

  • cotilion
  • masquerade ball
  • prom
  • fancy-dress ball
  • promenade
  • dance
  • masked ball
  • cotillion

Antonyms

  • unsettled
  • arbitrary
  • irregular
  • neutral

Etymology

  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • formel (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

7. formal

adjective. ['ˈfɔrməl'] refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court.

Synonyms

  • dignified
  • stately

Antonyms

  • sober
  • sterile
  • powerless

Etymology

  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • formel (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

8. formal

adjective. ['ˈfɔrməl'] logically deductive.

Antonyms

  • flexible

Etymology

  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • formel (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

9. formal

adjective. ['ˈfɔrməl'] represented in simplified or symbolic form.

Synonyms

  • schematic
  • conventional

Antonyms

  • weak
  • underdress
  • undress

Etymology

  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • formel (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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