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formal

noun

1 formal

A lavish dance requiring formal attire.

synonym: ball.

Dutch: bal
Polish: bal



2 formal

A gown for evening wear.

synonyms: dinner dress, dinner gown, evening gown.

adjective

1 formal

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

Roget 7: conditional, modal, formal; structural, organic.   

Roget 855: affected, full of affectation, pretentious, pedantic, stilted, stagy, theatrical, big-sounding, ad captandum; canting, insincere.    not natural, unnatural; ... show more

Roget 579: inelegant, graceless, ungraceful; harsh, abrupt; dry, stiff, cramped, formal, guinde [Fr.]; forced, labored; artificial, mannered, ... show more

Roget 535: asserting etc. v.; declaratory, predicatory, pronunciative, affirmative, soi-disant [Fr.]; positive; certain etc. 474; express, ... show more

2 formal

Characteristic of or befitting a person in authority.

3 formal

of spoken and written language Adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms.

4 formal

Represented in simplified or symbolic form.

synonyms: conventional, schematic.

Roget 82: conformable to rule; regular etc. 136; according to regulation, according to rule, according to Hoyle, according to Cocker, according to Gunter; en regle [Fr.], selon les regles [Fr.], well regulated, orderly; symmetric ... show more

5 formal

Logically deductive.

6 formal

Refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court.

synonyms: courtly, stately.

Roget 882: ostentatious, showy, dashing, pretentious; janty, jaunty; grand, pompous, palatial; high-sounding; turgid etc. (big-sounding) 577; ... show more


Moby thesaurus: High-Church, Latinate, accepted, acknowledged, adjectival, admitted, adverbial, anatomic, approved, architectonic, architectural, arranged, attributive, authorized, awkward, baccalaureate service, baptismal, being done, bloated, bombastic ... show more.

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