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"informal" in British English

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informaladjective

uk   /ɪnˈfɔː.məl/  us   /ɪnˈfɔːr.məl/
B2 (of situations) not formal or official, or (of clothing, behaviour, speech) suitable when you are with friends and family but not for official occasions: The two groups agreed to hold an informal meeting. He's the ideal sort of teacher - direct, friendly, and informal. "Hi" is an informal way of greeting people.

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informally
adverb uk   /ɪnˈfɔː.mə.li/  us   /ɪnˈfɔːr.mə.li/
C1 It's an outdoor party, so dress informally. They've agreed informally to separate.
informality
noun [U] uk   /ˌɪn.fɔːˈmæl.ə.ti/  us   /ˌɪn.fɔːrˈmæl.ə.t̬i/
(Definition of informal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"informal" in American English

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informaladjective

 us   /ɪnˈfɔr·məl/
not formal or official, or not suitable for official or special occasions: an informal gathering Informal talks resumed today in an attempt to end the strike.
informality
noun [U]  us   /ˌɪn·fɔrˈmæl··t̬i/
informally
adverb  us   /ɪnˈfɔr·mə·li/
It’s OK to dress informally for the dinner party.
(Definition of informal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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