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 Dictionary entry overview: What does formality mean? 

  The noun FORMALITY has 3 senses:

1. a requirement of etiquette or custom
2. a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies
3. compliance with formal rules

  Familiarity information: FORMALITY used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1formality [BACK TO TOP]


A requirement of etiquette or custom

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events


formalities; formality

Context example:

a mere formality

Hypernyms ("formality" is a kind of...):

ceremonial; ceremonial occasion; ceremony; observance (a formal event performed on a special occasion)

Sense 2formality [BACK TO TOP]


A manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


formalness; formality

Context example:

the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention

Hypernyms ("formality" is a kind of...):

manner; personal manner (a way of acting or behaving)


formal (being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress))

informal (not formal)

formal ((of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms)

informal (used of spoken and written language)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "formality"):

ceremoniousness (a ceremonial manner)

stateliness (a elaborate manner of doing something)


informality (a manner that does not take forms and ceremonies seriously)

Sense 3formality [BACK TO TOP]


Compliance with formal rules

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

courtroom formality

Hypernyms ("formality" is a kind of...):

abidance; compliance; conformation; conformity (acting according to certain accepted standards)

Domain member usage:

hereby; herewith ((formal) by means of this)

in that; in this; therein ((formal) in or into that thing or place)

banausic ((formal) ordinary and not refined)

slough of despond ((formal) extreme depression)

herald; trumpeter ((formal) a person who announces important news)

person of color; person of colour ((formal) any non-European non-White person)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "formality"):

civility; politeness (the act of showing regard for others)

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