formality


for·mal·i·ty

noun \fr-ˈma-lə-tē\

: a formal quality

: something that is required or usual but that has little true meaning or importance

: a formal part, activity, etc.

plural for·mal·i·ties

Full Definition of FORMALITY

1
:  compliance with formal or conventional rules :  ceremony
2
:  the quality or state of being formal
3
:  an established form or procedure that is required or conventional <the interview was just a formality>

Examples of FORMALITY

  1. Her use of old-fashioned language lends an air of formality to her writing.
  2. He failed to appreciate the formality of the occasion.
  3. They haven't approved the loan yet, but that's just a mere formality.

First Known Use of FORMALITY

1597

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