and may suggest a stodgy lack of originality or independence.
Examples of formal in a Sentence
he asked her to the formal at the end of the year
Recent Examples on the Web
Qatar, the country most diplomatically engaged in the crisis, does not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel, but has succeeded in mediating a temporary pause in the fighting — allowing for the release of hostages and Palestinian prisoners.—Susannah George, Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2023 Key Background The vote could mark the first time Santos has faced formal punishment for the litany of ethical and criminal allegations against him that emerged shortly after his election to Congress in November of last year.—Sara Dorn, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 However, the Gwyneth V-Neck Slip Dress offers a more formal take on the slip-dress trend, and it's marked down 57 percent.—Wendy Vazquez, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 On Tuesday, Israeli news outlets reported that Israel — which has long wanted to establish formal relations with Saudi Arabia — had withdrawn its support for the Saudi bid because of Riyadh’s opposition to the war in Gaza.—Vivian Nereim, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 For Friday’s title game, the Matadors went formal, dressed in black.—Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Nov. 2023 The Chinese government considers Taiwan a breakaway province, and has not ruled out using military force to prevent it from declaring formal independence.—Lionel Lim, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2023 The west wing of the residence houses a formal dining room, a sunlit chef's kitchen and three en-suite bedrooms that are connected by a sitting room.—Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 Some leaders, including President Biden, are calling for humanitarian pauses in fighting to facilitate aid deliveries; while a growing group, including French President Emmanuel Macron and leaders of many Arab states, is calling for a more formal cease-fire.—Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023
Min was class president all four years of high school and elected king of the winter formal.—Matt Stevens, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023 See More
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