Synonyms of formal in English:



  • 1 a formal dinner
    ceremonial, ceremonious, ritualistic, ritual, conventional, traditional, orthodox, prescribed, fixed, set; stately, courtly, solemn, dignified; elaborate, ornate, dressy
    [Antonyms] informal
  • 2 he has a very formal manner
    aloof, reserved, remote, detached, unapproachable, stand-offish, keeping people at arm's length; stiff, prim, stuffy, staid, ceremonious, correct, proper, decorous, conventional, precise, exact, punctilious, unbending, inflexible, strait-laced; unresponsive, unfriendly, unsympathetic, haughty, forbidding, austere; withdrawn, restrained, reticent, taciturn, uncommunicative, undemonstrative, unforthcoming; unsocial, antisocial
    [Antonyms] informal, casual
  • 3 in the US ‘autumn’ is a formal alternative to ‘fall’
    [Antonyms] informal, colloquial
  • 4 a formal garden
    symmetrical, regular, orderly, arranged, methodical, systematic, in straight lines, regimented
    [Antonyms] informal
  • 5 formal permission is required to demolish a listed building
    [Antonyms] informal, unofficial
  • 6 she had had no formal education
    conventional, mainstream, rigid; school, institutional
    [Antonyms] informal
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