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British English: /ˈfɔːm(ə)l/
American English: /ˈfɔrməl/

Translation of formal in French:


  • 1 (official)
    (agreement, announcement, application, complaint, enquiry, interview, invitation, protest, reception)
  • 2 (not casual)
    (language, register, style)
    (welcome, manner)
    (clothing, outfit, jacket)
    (on invitation) See examples: ‘dress: formal’
    ‘tenue de soirée’
    ‘assistance’ is a formal word for ‘help’
    ‘assistance’ est plus soutenu que ‘aide’
    he sounded very formal
    il avait l'air très guindé
    formal teaching methods
    méthodes traditionnelles d'enseignement
  • 3 (structured)
    (logic, proof, grammar, linguistics, reasoning)
  • 4 (in recognized institution)
    he had no formal education
    il n'était jamais allé à l'école
  • 5 (Literature, Art)
    (brilliance, symmetry, weakness)

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