Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun formal

2 senses of formal

Sense 1
ball, formal -- (a lavish dance requiring formal attire)
       => dance -- (a party for social dancing)

Sense 2
dinner dress, dinner gown, formal, evening gown -- (a gown for evening wear)
       => gown -- (a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions)
       => formalwear, eveningwear, evening dress, evening clothes -- (attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening)

Antonyms of adj formal

6 senses of formal

Sense 1
formal (vs. informal) -- (being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education")

informal (vs. formal) -- (not formal; "conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress"; "an informal free-and-easy manner"; "an informal gathering of friends")
        => casual, everyday, daily -- (appropriate for ordinary or routine occasions; "casual clothes"; "everyday clothes")
        => free-and-easy, casual -- (natural and unstudied; "using their Christian names in a casual way"; "lectured in a free-and-easy style")
        => folksy -- (very informal and familiar; "a folksy radio commentator"; "a folksy style")
        => unceremonious, unceremonial -- (without ceremony or formality; "an unceremonious speech")

Sense 2
formal -- (characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; "formal duties"; "an official banquet")

INDIRECT (VIA official) -> unofficial -- (not having official authority or sanction; "a sort of unofficial mayor"; "an unofficial estimate"; "he participated in an unofficial capacity")

Sense 3
formal (vs. informal) -- ((of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms; "the paper was written in formal English")

informal (vs. formal) -- (used of spoken and written language)
        => colloquial, conversational -- (characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation; "wrote her letters in a colloquial style"; "the broken syntax and casual enunciation of conversational English")
        => common, vernacular, vulgar -- (being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language; "common parlance"; "a vernacular term"; "vernacular speakers"; "the vulgar tongue of the masses"; "the technical and vulgar names for an animal species")
        => epistolary, epistolatory -- (written in the form of or carried on by letters or correspondence; "an endless sequence of epistolary love affairs"; "the epistolatory novel")
        => slangy -- (constituting or expressed in slang or given to the use of slang; "a slangy expression"; "slangy speech")
        => subliterary -- (not written as or intended to be literature; "subliterary works such as letters and diaries")
        => unliterary, nonliterary -- (marked by lack of affectation or pedantry; "her talk was very unliterary"- W.D.Howells)

Sense 4
conventional, formal, schematic -- (represented in simplified or symbolic form)

INDIRECT (VIA nonrepresentational) -> representational -- ((used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen; "representational art"; "representational images")

Sense 5
formal -- (logically deductive; "formal proof")

INDIRECT (VIA logical) -> illogical, unlogical -- (lacking in correct logical relation)

Sense 6
courtly, formal, stately -- (refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman")

INDIRECT (VIA dignified) -> undignified -- (lacking dignity)

Similarity of adj formal

6 senses of formal

Sense 1
formal (vs. informal) -- (being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education")
       => ceremonial -- (marked by pomp or ceremony or formality; "a ceremonial occasion"; "ceremonial garb")
       => ceremonious, conventional -- (rigidly formal or bound by convention; "their ceremonious greetings did not seem heartfelt")
       => dress, full-dress -- ((of an occasion) requiring formal clothes; "a dress dinner"; "a full-dress ceremony")
       => form-only (prenominal) -- (being a matter of form only; lacking substance; "a form-only requirement that is usually ignored")
       => full-dress, dress -- (suitable for formal occasions; "formal wear"; "a full-dress uniform"; "dress shoes")
       => nominal, titular -- (existing in name only; "the nominal (or titular) head of his party")
       => positive, prescribed -- (formally laid down or imposed; "positive laws")
       => pro forma, perfunctory -- (as a formality only; "a one-candidate pro forma election")
       => semiformal, semi-formal, black-tie -- (moderately formal; requiring a dinner jacket; "he wore semiformal attire"; "a black-tie dinner")
       => starchy, stiff, buckram -- (rigidly formal; "a starchy manner"; "the letter was stiff and formal"; "his prose has a buckram quality")
       => white-tie -- (requiring white ties and tailcoats for men; "a white-tie occasion")
          Also See-> conventional#1; formal#3

Sense 2
formal -- (characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; "formal duties"; "an official banquet")
       => official (vs. unofficial) -- (having official authority or sanction; "official permission"; "an official representative")

Sense 3
formal (vs. informal) -- ((of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms; "the paper was written in formal English")
       => literary -- (appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing; "when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style")
          Also See-> formal#1; rhetorical#2

Sense 4
conventional, formal, schematic -- (represented in simplified or symbolic form)
       => nonrepresentational (vs. representational) -- (of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature)

Sense 5
formal -- (logically deductive; "formal proof")
       => logical (vs. illogical) -- (capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning; "a logical mind")

Sense 6
courtly, formal, stately -- (refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman")
       => dignified (vs. undignified) -- (having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance; "her dignified demeanor"; "the director of the school was a dignified white-haired gentleman")

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