adj.) Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental,
adj.) proper, legal, or official.
adj.) Devoted to, or done in accordance with, forms or rules; regular; orderly; methodical;
adj.) Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external;
The letter was in very formal language.
She kept conversation on a formal plane.
They agreed to draw up a formal agreement.
Guests are requested to wear formal attire.
She completed her formal education in 1995.
Jeans are not appropriate for a formal party.
He gave a formal bow and left the room.
Her dress was too showy for such a formal occasion.
She has no formal musical qualifications.
He wrote a very formal letter of apology to Douglas.
The prime minister paid a formal visit to the White House.
The House voted to punish the senator with a formal reprimand.
I cannot understand the difference between formal and informal English.
They decided to put their relationship on a more formal footing.
People had to wear formal evening dress to go to the Mayor’s party.
The essay suddenly switches from a formal to an informal register.
You’d better recast the first paragraph in more formal wording.
Business letters do not have to be impersonal and formal.
I’m composing a formal reply to the letter.
In practice he acts as a formal head of state.
Many formal and informal approaches have been instituted to prevent ideas from faltering.
NATO is a formal military alliance with America at its head.
They greeted their visitor with formal politeness.
Unorganized territories lack a formal government.
Second, speechmaking requires more formal language.
An aptitude test has a formal, structured procedure.
He kept the tone of the letter formal and businesslike.
A formal contract is signed which is renewable annually.
She has a very formal manner, which can seem unfriendly.
A notice informed the guests that formal dress was required.
She contracted a formal marriage to a British ex-serviceman.
It is seldom acceptable to abbreviate words in formal writing.