Definition of FORMAL

following or agreeing with established form, custom, or rules <a formal meeting of the board of directors> <a formal contract that was legally binding>
being something in name or form only <was the formal head of the charitable organization though he never attended a single meeting>
Synonyms formal, paper, titular
Near Antonyms actual, real, true
marked by or showing careful attention to set forms and details <gave her a formal invitation to dinner>
relating to or suitable for wearing to an event requiring elegant dress and manners <the dress code is formal for tonight's event> <a shop that rents out formal wear>
Synonyms dressy, formal

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