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English definition of “formal”

formal

adjective     /ˈfɔːməl/
SERIOUS B2 used about clothes , language , and behaviour that are serious and not friendly or relaxed : a formal dinner party Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful
OFFICIAL [always before noun] public or official : a formal announcement / apology Government administration and organisationCustom, tradition and conformityManners and levels of formalityPolite and respectfulRules and laws
IN SCHOOL [always before noun] Formal education , training , etc happens in a school or college : Tom had little formal schooling .Types of education
(Definition of formal adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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