Synonyms of formal in English:

formal


See definition of formal

adjective

1‘a formal dinner’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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withdrawn, restrained, reticent, taciturn, uncommunicative, undemonstrative, unforthcoming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’’

SYNONYMS

literary, scholarly, learned, intellectual, erudite, bookish, highbrow, academic, cultivated

ANTONYMS

informal, colloquial

4‘a formal garden’

SYNONYMS

symmetrical, regular, orderly, arranged, methodical, systematic, in straight lines, regimented

ANTONYMS

informal

5‘formal permission is required to demolish a listed building’

SYNONYMS

official, legal, authorized, approved, validated, certified, endorsed, documented, sanctioned, licensed, recognized, authoritative, accepted, verified, legitimate, lawful, valid, bona fide, proper, prescribed, pro forma

ANTONYMS

informal, unofficial

6‘she had had no formal education’

SYNONYMS

conventional, mainstream, rigid

school, institutional

ANTONYMS

informal