Definition of 'formal'
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He said he would make a formal announcement about his future today. The Sun (2016)Its training blends formal learning with vocational qualifications and engineering degrees. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He lodged a complaint to police and has now received a formal letter of apology. The Sun (2016)But she will make no formal announcement and is instead pouring her heart out in the recording studio as she continues work on her new album. The Sun (2016)A formal announcement on the new points system and fines is expected to be made in the next few weeks. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Most of the rooms have views over the formal gardens and the village cricket field, which form part of the grounds. Times, Sunday Times (2016)All ministers should have a formal ceremony when they are appointed to impress upon them that duty. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But no formal announcement has been made. Times, Sunday Times (2007)This stems from his lack of formal training. Times, Sunday Times (2015)There is a formal garden and wilder parts. The Sun (2011)The mum of two is now demanding a formal apology. The Sun (2014)So the panel interview tends to be a rather formal procedure. How to Face Interviews (1981)Some have worn the outfits only for the launch and formal dinners. The Sun (2012)The group issued him with a formal letter and ultimatum. The Sun (2016)Does it work in your favour that only one of you has any formal chef training? The Sun (2016)In fact he was courteous and rather formal. Times, Sunday Times (2013)One does not learn the alphabet through experience but through formal education. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)The architects of the scheme have sounded out government officials and hope to make a formal announcement soon. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But if the principal guest decides to wear something less formal he will not be made any less welcome. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He despised formal ceremony and sometimes shocked foreign dignitaries by meeting them in his slippers or a threadbare jacket. America Past and Present (1995)It's a bit formal for me. The Sun (2014)They don't want a large formal garden or something that requires daily upkeep. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Previously, this involved sending on a formal letter from your university. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We involve people in training, both formal and informal. Christianity Today (2000)A formal announcement will be released this morning. Times, Sunday Times (2013)With a pair of faded jeans it's daytime but then with the blue dress it looks a bit more formal. Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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Translations for 'formal'
British English: formal /ˈfɔːməl/ ADJECTIVE
Formal speech or behaviour is very correct and serious rather than relaxed and friendly, and is used especially in official situations.
...a formal letter of apology.
- American English: formal
- Arabic: رَسْمِيّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: formal
- Chinese: 正式的
- Croatian: formalan
- Czech: formální
- Danish: formel
- Dutch: formeel
- European Spanish: formal
- Finnish: muodollinen
- French: formel
- German: formell
- Greek: επίσημος
- Italian: formale
- Japanese: 正式の
- Korean: 형식적인
- Norwegian: formell
- Polish: formalny
- European Portuguese: formal
- Romanian: oficial
- Russian: формальный
- Spanish: formal
- Swedish: formell
- Thai: เป็นทางการ
- Turkish: resmi
- Ukrainian: формальний
- Vietnamese: trịnh trọng
Definition of formal from the Collins English Dictionary
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