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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 partyManners 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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