formality

noun for·mal·i·ty \ fȯr-ˈma-lə-tē \

Definition of formality

plural formalities
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 in a Sentence

  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.

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Formal behavior follows the proper forms or customs, and informal behavior feels free to ignore them. The formality of a dinner party is indicated by such formalities as invitations, required dress, and full table settings. Legal formalities, or technicalities, may turn out to be all-important even if they often seem minor. America requires fewer formalities than many other countries (in Germany, for example, you may know someone for years before using his or her first name), but even in relaxed situations Americans may be observing invisible formalities.

First Known Use of formality

1597


FORMALITY Defined for English Language Learners

formality

noun

Definition of formality for English Language Learners

  • : a formal quality

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

  • : a formal part, activity, etc.


FORMALITY Defined for Kids

formality

noun for·mal·i·ty \ fȯr-ˈma-lə-tē \

Definition of formality for Students

plural formalities
1 :the quality or state of being formal
  • the formality of the occasion
2 :an established way of doing something
  • wedding formalities


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