formal means: Refers to, or involves outward structure or form. Often in opposition to content or meaning. (in Merlin Dictionary)

What else does formal mean?

  • A person or thing that is essential to a constitution or form. (in Merlin Dictionary)
  • Respecting or adhering to accepted forms, conventions or regulations. (in Merlin Dictionary)
  • Methodical refers to the strict, meticulous or exact observation of forms. (in Merlin Dictionary)
  • Complex sentence structure and technical vocabulary are some of the characteristics. They do not include colloquial or informal language. (in Merlin Dictionary)
  • A lack of substance, but a good appearance. (in Merlin Dictionary)
  • A formal item, like a dress or social event, (in Merlin Dictionary)
  • High school students, usually in their final years, gather with teachers for a social, dancing, eating, and possibly even delivering speeches. Although it is a celebration, some schools also have formals for year 11.. or even 10. The dress code is more formal than casual. It is sometimes called the Prom in some countries, while it is known as the Formal in Australia. It is a formal event where girls wear nice clothes and a partner wears a matching tie. Sometimes, a corsage is brought along for the girls to use. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Kaitlyn Floyd)
  • Formal events are where one dresses up in formal attire. One usually asks for a date, and then dresses up in formal attire. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Velerio Fuentes)
  • U.K. Formal dinner at university. Usually where formal attire is worn and alcohol is consumed. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Tess Wilcox)
  • Dance in which girls pose questions to the boys. The girls are expected to pose creative questions. This is a common event in high school where students go with their friends to dance and have fun. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Tommy Love)