1. ball, formal, dance

usage: a lavish dance requiring formal attire

2. dinner dress, dinner gown, formal, evening gown, gown, formalwear, eveningwear, evening dress, evening clothes

usage: a gown for evening wear


1. formal (vs. informal), ceremonial, ceremonious, conventional, dress, full-dress, form-only(prenominal), full-dress, dress, nominal, titular, positive, prescribed, pro forma, perfunctory, semiformal, semi-formal, black-tie, starchy, stiff, buckram, white-tie, conventional, formal

usage: being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"

2. formal, official (vs. unofficial)

usage: characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; "formal duties"; "an official banquet"

3. formal (vs. informal), literary, formal, rhetorical

usage: (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms; "the paper was written in formal English"

4. conventional, formal, schematic, nonrepresentational (vs. representational)

usage: represented in simplified or symbolic form

5. formal, logical (vs. illogical)

usage: logically deductive; "formal proof"

6. courtly, formal, stately, dignified (vs. undignified)

usage: refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman"

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