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;
    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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