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Definition 1: a gown for evening wear - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for formal in the sense of this definition

(formal is a kind of ...) attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening

(formal is a kind of ...) a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions

Definition 2: a lavish dance requiring formal attire - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for formal in the sense of this definition

(formal is a kind of ...) a party for social dancing

(... is a kind of formal ) a ball at which young ladies are presented to society

(... is a kind of formal ) a ball at which guests wear costumes and masks

(... is a kind of formal ) a formal ball held for a school class toward the end of the academic year

Definition 3: being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress) - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where formal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pay one's formal respects
  • formal dress
  • a formal ball
  • the requirement was only formal and often ignored
  • a formal education

(formal is similar to ...) existing in name only

"the nominal (or titular) head of his party"

(formal is similar to ...) done or produced as a formality only

"a one-candidate pro forma election"

(formal is similar to ...) formally laid down or imposed

"positive laws"

(formal is similar to ...) rigidly formal

"a starchy manner" "the letter was stiff and formal" "his prose has a buckram quality"

(formal is similar to ...) suitable for formal occasions

"formal wear" "a full-dress uniform" "dress shoes"

(formal is similar to ...) being a matter of form only; lacking substance

"a form-only requirement that is usually ignored"

(formal is similar to ...) (of an occasion) requiring formal clothes

"a dress dinner" "a full-dress ceremony"

(formal is similar to ...) rigidly formal or bound by convention

"their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt"

(formal is similar to ...) marked by pomp or ceremony or formality

"a ceremonial occasion" "ceremonial garb"

(formal is similar to ...) requiring white ties and tailcoats for men

"a white-tie occasion"

(formal is similar to ...) moderately formal; requiring a dinner jacket

"he wore semiformal attire" "a black-tie dinner"

(means also ...) (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms

"the paper was written in formal English"

(means also ...) following accepted customs and proprieties

"conventional wisdom" "she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior" "conventional forms of address"

(... are attributes of formal) a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies

"the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention"

Definition 4: (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where formal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the paper was written in formal English

(formal is similar to ...) appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing

"when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style"

(means also ...) being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)

"pay one's formal respects" "formal dress" "a formal ball" "the requirement was only formal and often ignored" "a formal education"

(means also ...) given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought

"mere rhetorical frippery"

(... are attributes of formal) a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies

"the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention"

Definition 5: refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where formal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a courtly gentleman

Synonyms for formal in the sense of this definition

(formal is similar to ...) having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance

"her dignified demeanor" "the director of the school was a dignified white-haired gentleman"

Definition 6: logically deductive - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where formal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • formal proof

(formal is similar to ...) capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning

"a logical mind"

Definition 7: represented in simplified or symbolic form - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for formal in the sense of this definition

(formal is similar to ...) of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature

(formal belongs to category ...) the study and creation of visual works of art

Definition 8: characteristic of or befitting a person in authority - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where formal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • formal duties
  • an official banquet

(formal is similar to ...) having official authority or sanction

"official permission" "an official representative"

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