formality definition, meaning - what is formality in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “formality”

See all translations

formality

noun uk   /fɔːˈmæl.ə.ti/  us   /-t̬i/

formality noun (ACTION)

[C] something that has to be done but has no real importance: You'll have to sign the visitors' book, but it's just a formality.formalities [plural] something that the law or an official process says must be done: We'll have to observe the formalities (= do what is expected).

formality noun (SERIOUSNESS)

[U] the quality of being suitable for serious or official occasions: She found the formality of the occasion rather daunting. A note of formality in his voice alerted her to the fact that others were listening.
(Definition of formality from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of formality?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “formality” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More