|1.||[ adjective ] being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)|
"pay one's formal respects" "formal dress" "a formal ball" "the requirement was only formal and often ignored" "a formal education"
|Related terms:||informal ceremonial positive starchy dress semiformal pro_forma form-only full-dress dress white-tie dress black-tie nominal ceremonious conventional formality|
|2.||[ adjective ] characteristic of or befitting a person in authority|
"formal duties" "an official banquet"
|3.||[ adjective ] (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms|
"the paper was written in formal English"
|Related terms:||informal literary rhetorical formality|
|4.||[ adjective ] logically deductive|
|5.||[ adjective ] (fine arts) represented in simplified or symbolic form|
|Related terms:||fine_arts nonrepresentational|
|6.||[ adjective ] refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court|
|Synonyms:||elegant stately courtly|
"a courtly gentleman"