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informal

adjective in·for·mal \(ˌ)in-ˈfr-məl\

: 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
:  marked by the absence of formality or ceremony <an informal meeting>
2
:  characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary, casual, or familiar use <informal clothes>
in·for·mal·i·ty \-(ˌ)fr-ˈma-lə-tē, -fər-\ noun
in·for·mal·ly \-ˈfr-mə-lē\ adverb
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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.

First Known Use of INFORMAL

1585

Rhymes with INFORMAL

INFORMALITY Defined for Kids

informal

adjective in·for·mal \in-ˈfr-məl\

Definition of INFORMAL for Kids

1
:  not requiring serious or formal behavior or dress <an informal party>
2
:  suitable for ordinary or everyday use <an informal dining area>
in·for·mal·ly adverb

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