formaladjectiveuk /ˈfɔː.məl/ us /ˈfɔːr.məl/
formal adjective (OFFICIAL)
- They wanted to make a formal complaint about their doctor.
- The US lodged a formal protest against the arrest of the foreign reporters.
- My client accepts the formal apology without prejudice to any further legal action she may decide to take.
- A formal protest was made by the German team about their disqualification from the relay final.
- Most modern kings and queens rule their countries only in a formal way, without real power.
formal adjective (SERIOUS)
- Is it considered improper to wear such a short skirt to a formal occasion?
- It's incorrect to address people by their first names at these formal events.
- His casual behaviour was wholly inappropriate for such a formal occasion.
- He writes in a formal and rather stilted style.
- My clothes for work tend to be quite formal.
formal adjective (EDUCATION)
formal adjective (GARDEN)