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informal

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adjective in·for·mal \(ˌ)in-ˈfȯr-məl\

Simple Definition of informal

  • : having a friendly and relaxed quality

  • : suited for ordinary use when you are relaxing

  • of language : relaxed in tone : not suited for serious or official speech and writing

Full Definition of informal

  1. 1 :  marked by the absence of formality or ceremony <an informal meeting>

  2. 2 :  characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary, casual, or familiar use <informal clothes>

in·for·mal·i·ty play \-(ˌ)fȯr-ˈma-lə-tē, -fər-\ noun
in·for·mal·ly play \-ˈfȯr-mə-lē\ adverb

Examples of informal

  1. We had an informal meeting over lunch.

  2. He has an informal manner that puts people at ease.

  3. He spoke to them in informal Spanish.

  4. The term is common in informal contexts.

  5. He took an informal poll among his coworkers.



1585

First Known Use of informal

1585


INFORMALITY Defined for Kids

informality

noun in·for·mal·i·ty \ˌin-fȯr-ˈma-lə-tē\

Definition of informality

plural in·for·mal·i·ties

  1. :  the quality or state of being informal <The informality of the meeting surprised me.>





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