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Formal
See also: formál and formål

English

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Etymology

From Middle English formel, borrowed from Old French formel, from Latin formalis, from forma ("form"); see form.

Pronunciation

Adjective

formal (comparative more formal, superlative most formal)

  1. Being in accord with established forms.
    She spoke formal English, without any dialect.
  2. Official.
    I'd like to make a formal complaint.
  3. Relating to the form or structure of something.
    Formal linguistics ignores the vocabulary of languages and focuses solely on their grammar.
    • 1978, Heikki Seppä, Form Emphasis for Metalsmiths, [Kent, Oh.]: Kent State University Press, ->ISBN, page 1:
      THE THREE DOMINANT FORMS IN METALSMITHING [...] At present, there are but three basic volumetric forms dominating the work of metalsmiths, the spherical (usually in its most practical form, the domical), the cylindrical, and the cubical. [...] The possibilities for further variations on them are all but exhausted, there being little chance to express new and unusual ideas within the framework of such limited choices. As a result, much of twentieth-century metalsmithing has relied on surface enrichment rather than formal development for its originality.
  4. Relating to formation.
    The formal stage is a critical part of any child's development.
  5. Ceremonial or traditional.
    Formal wear must be worn at my wedding!
  6. Proper, according to strict etiquette; not casual.
    He's always very formal, and I wish he'd relax a bit.
  7. Organized; well-structured and planned.
    When they became a formal club the rowers built a small boathouse.
  8. (mathematics) Relating to mere manipulation and construction of strings of symbols, without regard to their meaning.
    Formal series are defined without any reference to convergence.

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Noun

formal (countable and uncountable, plural formals)

  1. (uncountable) Formalin.
  2. An evening gown.
  3. An event with a formal dress code.
    Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal.
  4. (programming) A formal parameter.

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Catalan

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin f?rm?lis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

formal (masculine and feminine plural formals)

  1. formal
    Antonym: informal

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Crimean Tatar

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin formalis, from forma ("form").

Adjective

formal

  1. formal

References

  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajins?ko-kryms?kotatars?kyj slovnyk [Ukrainian - Crimean Tatar Dictionary]‎[1], Simferopol: Dolya, ->ISBN

Galician

Etymology 1

Inherited from Latin formalis.

Pronunciation

Noun

formal m (plural formais)

  1. site, plot
    • 1290, M. Lucas Álvarez P. Lucas Domínguez (eds.), El monasterio de San Clodio do Ribeiro en la Edad Media: estudio y documentos. Sada / A Coruña: Edicións do Castro, page 415:
      damos a uos que tenades de nos essa cassa en que uos ora morades en Eyres, con seu saydo et con todo o formal dessa casa, asi como esta çerrada de muro ao tenpo da era desta carta.
      we give you, for you to have, that house where you now dwell in Eires, with its garden and with the whole plot of that house, as it is enclosed with a wall at the time of this charter
    Synonym: sesego
  2. foundation, ruin
  3. mould for the production of tiles

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Latin formalis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

formal m or f (plural formais)

  1. formal
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References

  • "formal" in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • "formal" in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • "formal" in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • "formal" in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • "formal" in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

German

Etymology

Form +‎ -al

Pronunciation

Adjective

formal (comparative formaler, superlative am formalsten)

  1. formal (being in accord with established forms)

Usage notes

Not to be confused with formell. The adjectives formell and informell express the presence or absence of ceremonies: ein informelles Treffen is a meeting in a near-private context. The adjective formal stresses the outward appearance (pro forma) as opposed to the content or the spirit.

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Further reading

  • formal in Duden online
  • "formal" in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Piedmontese

Etymology

From Latin formalis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

formal

  1. formal

Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin formalis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

formal m or f (plural formais, comparable)

  1. formal (being in accord with established forms)
  2. formal (official)
  3. formal (relating to the form or structure of something)
  4. formal (ceremonial)
  5. (logic) formal (involving mere manipulations of symbols)

Further reading

  • formal in Dicionário Aberto based on Novo Diccionário da Língua Portuguesa de Cândido de Figueiredo, 1913

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from French formel, Latin formalis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

formal m or n (feminine singular formal?, masculine plural formali, feminine and neuter plural formale)

  1. formal

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Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin formalis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /for'mal/
  • Hyphenation: for?mal

Adjective

formal (plural formales)

  1. formal

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