non·​for·​mal | \ˌnän-ˈfȯr-məl \

Definition of nonformal 

: not formal : informal nonformal education a nonformal setting

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of nonformal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Tostan’s core is a broad nonformal education program offered to villagers in a number of African countries. Amy Yee, The Christian Science Monitor, "She arrived in Senegal 43 years ago – and is still there working on social issues," 20 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nonformal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of nonformal

1842, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nonformal

Statistics for nonformal

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nonformal

The first known use of nonformal was in 1842

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on nonformal

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for nonformal

Comments on nonformal

What made you want to look up nonformal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


noxious or harmful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a-traditional-thanksgiving-dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!