Translation of formal in Spanish:


formal, adj.

Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːm(ə)l//ˈfɔrməl/


  • 1

    (reception/dinner) formal
    formal dress traje de etiqueta masculine
    • they paid a formal call on the new Ambassador hicieron una visita oficial / de protocolo al nuevo embajador
    • The tunic has been a common element since the early 19th century, but while still worn on formal occasions and by senior officers, it has been phased out over the past decade.
    • We had decided, a couple of weeks ago, to make the night a formal dress occasion - as it's normally more fun if you've made a bit of an effort.
    • Most designs are suitable for formal occasions as well as informal outings and parties.
    • If you need formal wear for several occasions, be sure to pack it properly to avoid wrinkles.
    • In short, the system may have been appropriate for state banquets and other formal occasions, when making an impression of wealth and power was the purpose, but it was inappropriate for other purposes.
    • I just feel that this is one of those formal occasions that gets big headlines because it's a formal occasion and not because it really matters.
    • He nudged her playfully and she launched into a cutesy story about how his hair is always sticking up and she can't get him to dress appropriately for formal occasions.
    • There were about 20 of them, including some very small children, a few women, but mostly men, and they were all dressed as if for a formal occasion.
    • But formal occasions begin and end with the national anthem.
    • Moving onto more formal occasions, we have these two dresses that are ready for both work and party.
    • While dinner etiquette was never formal, a firm routine had been established for following dinner.
    • Casual wear has replaced formal clothes for most occasions.
    • Food servers appeared dressed in white uniforms for the formal occasion.
    • Also, don't forget to dress accordingly for a formal interview.
    • Mark mentally brushed up on the formal dinner etiquette he had learned at the various classes his parents had forced him to go to.
    • Why not Nashville or Memphis or better yet, some place where fringe doesn't constitute formal wear?
    • The next stage was to have short curly hair kept back off the face as in the photo of Josie and a friend dressed for a formal occasion.
    • You would think that after all these years of preparation, I'd be able to at least dress myself appropriately for formal occasions, right?
    • Taking the place of the wrestler, the artist meditates with eyes closed, dressed in the traditional clothing Japanese men wear for formal occasions.
    • Everyone looked so well and the formal dress made this special occasion a night to remember.
  • 2

    (official, conventional)
    (letter/meeting/invitation) formal
    (request/reprimand) formal
    he hasn't any formal education no tiene formación académica
    • That is issued pursuant to the 1951 Convention but only once formal refugee status is accorded.
    • We want credentials and acknowledgement in some officially recognized, formal way for the work we have invented.
    • If bitten, victims are urged to make a formal complaint to the authorities and the owners could face stiff penalties.
    • But her acting and, of course, dancing talents have actually not got her the deserving formal recognition in the name of awards.
    • But how could the simple formal recognition of property be the solution for the development of Third World and former communist nations?
    • He said he plans to lodge a formal complaint with the legal department of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
    • For years, these students were permitted to study without a formal student visa, which requires full-time study and proof of financial assets.
    • Poor communication and failure to take account of the patient's perspective are at the heart of most formal complaints and legal actions.
    • It said that in the absence of any formal complaint even the authorities were not in a position to launch an investigation.
    • Although the early revision cases were not suitable for formal testing, they were recorded as treatment failures and included as poor results.
    • AIB said it could not comment on individual cases, but added that all loans were sanctioned via formal written documentation.
    • The Internet and the World Wide Web have provided cultural studies a clear shift towards a production ethos that has altered the formal boundaries of what constitutes production.
    • He liked singing and dancing with the primary school art group but he was not a formal member.
    • However, it must be remembered that it is for a jury to decide whether an offence has been committed on the facts, and previous decisions do not constitute any sort of formal precedent.
    • Even if they gave birth, they were not thought of as members of the formal family - their status was just a little higher than that of the maids.
    • The provision of employment for inmates by the Department does not constitute a formal employment relationship.
    • A person could only enter the premises by becoming a formal member of the club.
    • However, as professional and amateur historians we could very much utilize a formal definition of what constitutes an orphaned work.
    • Of course wars still took place, but most often without the formal sanction of the UN Security Council.
    • He said that the audits were not documented because no formal complaint was brought against her.
  • 3

    • 3.1(stiff, not familiar)

      (person/manner) ceremonioso
      (style/language) formal
      • Her writing style was more formal than that of her peers.
      • They're quite formal and arch so they go against my grain.
      • When I go to a meeting, I have to decide ahead of time what to bring, and I'm never sure about the weather or how formal people will be.
      • New variants often appear first in casual speech, while older ones remain in more emphatic formal styles.
      • Authors Courter and Marquis wrote the book using a fairly friendly and slightly formal style.
      • Now he was formal and unreadable, the commander, once more.
      • Whoever said that Germans were a formal people?
      • In my experience as an architect, a house in which every space is designed for everyday living is far more satisfying than one with unused formal spaces for formal guests who never show up.
      • Here are a few of the letters, interesting to modern readers for their content and the formal style of writing.
      • This makes the diction simple and easy to understand with humorous differences between this writing style and other more formal ones.
      • How did a formal woman end up with her for a daughter?
      • He was more formal, stuck to facts and figures, for the most part, as is his habit, but they're important facts and figures.
      • Filipinos generally speak the way they write, in a formal style based on Victorian prose models.
      • This is why communities of practice adopt formal vocabularies, so that ambiguity can be reduced and clarity improved.
      • An austere and formal man, his affection for his wife and seven living children (three died in childbirth and one drowned at the age of 10) was minimal.
      • For all the mystery surrounding him, he had a very formal personality, especially in the presence of his colleagues and superiors.
      • It was written by her husband, yet its style was rigidly formal, consistently using her surname alone.
      • They are greeted in a traditional and formal manner by the people of Parihaka.
      • The techniques, formal vocabulary and imagination that this book highlights leave us eager to learn much more.
      • Don't tell me I'm not formal enough for whatever this is.
      • But I don't think so: I think he just thinks it's a more archaic, formal or quaint style of speaking than we use nowadays.
      • In fact, in the context of American journalism, they are seen as using a formal, conservative, and prestigious style.
      • Other corpora, such as the North American News Text Corpus, are bigger, but contain only formal writing and speech.
      • Eventually she achieved an almost purely formal vocabulary using elements drawn from everyday life.
      • They were excessively formal when speaking to each other, they spent no more time than they had to with each other, and even seemed to have staked out territories in and around the palace.
      • I had to laugh, he was so formal, but I took the arm he offered.
      • I am a moderately formal person who works as an art educator, and I am a Virgo.
      • Even if someone was formal with him, they would have to be familiar with biochemical jargon and terminology, or Edward would act condescendingly to them.
      • Such writings were highly formal exercises in style and rhetoric, often delighting in dialectically arguing for and against a particular topic.
      • The writing is pathetic, but there is simply nothing wrong with its grammar or the formal aspects of its style.
      • Even the closest personal relationships with men were more formal and task-oriented than those with women, and proceeded along hierarchical lines.
      • I haven't had time to look at any other Roosevelt speeches to see if this was a consistent property of his formal style.
      • And if I ever see him in passing, I'll treat him in a strictly formal manner.
      • The latter is normal Standard English, acceptable either spoken or written, in either informal or formal style.
      • But he was obsessively formal and had about as much liveliness as a salted cod, and Bahzell simply couldn't warm to him as he had to Charrow or Sir Terrian.
      • The highlighted words and phrases are ones that will not be used in formal writing and they even contain grammar mistakes.
      • A ponderous and formal man, he succeeded Walpole as first minister in 1742, but old, unwell, and with little taste for leadership, he merely presided for a year until his death.
      • The major changes were from features of spoken English to those more typical of formal writing, both in surface detail and in more fundamental characteristics.
      • You have a definite formal vocabulary that you carry from film to film.
      • We were very formal with each other but it got to the stage where I even took my dad round to see her.

    • 3.2(regular, symmetrical)

      (garden) de diseño formal
      • It was copied by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Sandrart, all of whom responded to the painting as an image of the noble virtuoso as well as to its formal distinction.
      • Since I hadn't received a formal graphic design education, I did not have the rudimentary skills required to develop a mature design style.
      • But there are difficult questions to be asked as to how one might distinguish innovation from formal novelty.
      • Have you ever had any formal education in design or new media?
      • I would look at him and feel really proud that we were going out, even though it never really felt like a formal boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.
      • That work has no content beyond its formal execution of idea.
      • The large pieces, often 40 inches high, with their simplified color schemes draw more attention to their formal qualities.
      • Richards documents the many changes masks are undergoing, especially in their formal qualities.
      • Ostensibly, the title designates the thematic qualities of the sonnets, but it also announces their formal qualities as well.
      • There are no distinct actors to give it formal content.
      • Is there some formal expression of etiquette that is appropriate here?
      • They are offered as commentary on the formal qualities of sculpture, but have been infused with just a little too much personality to mildly serve as object lessons.
      • Both the content and the formal layout of the inscriptions changed.
      • By age 5, children become interested in formal games with rules or two or more sides, and explicit activities.
      • His first formal graphic design education was at a vocational school the year before he graduated high school.
      • The pictorialist landscapes expressed the value of formal qualities that were anathema to establishment photographers.
      • Either way, the change itself is formal: purely formal change or the formal change of some content.
      • Additionally, the man himself is an inspiration due to his own lack of formal design education.
      • By combining formal knowledge with real world experience and new ideas or perspectives, the construction of new knowledge occurs.
      • Her idea was to connect formal, structured education with real-world learning opportunities.
      • Some would say that the caliber of work we do demonstrates a formal education in Graphic Design.
      • El Greco began as an icon painter in Crete, and certain formal qualities of Byzantine icons - such as their elongation of the figure - never left his art.
      • It is also vital to debate criteria of formal quality in art alongside conceptual rigor.
      • These sketches stick in the mind not just because of their content but because of their formal qualities.
      • Only recently have we seen large numbers of people come straight into Web design from formal education programs.
      • Increasingly, however, companies are demanding some kind of formal education in interior design, whether it's an evening class programme or a three year degree.
      • Western schooling crowds out other forms of formal education like initiation rituals that were designed to bring an entire age group to the same level rather than to weed out students.
      • I have no real formal music training, like every other punk who gets a keyboard for his bar mitzvah.
      • The rope pieces pursue more resolved compositions and traditional formal concerns.
      • Nowadays, however, more Tuareg recognize the importance of formal education.
      • A viewer should expect that a dance will undergo some type of development of its formal components and thematic content.
      • As a singer, did you have any formal training or did you just begin knowing that you wanted to sing?
      • What is most important to Adamu is the nature of the subject, the significance of the stories told in the paintings, not the painting's formal qualities.
      • That is why the development of formal education designed for blind people is now facing great constraints.
      • From that initial drawing, a more formal design for the structure evolved.
      • Traditionally, formal education was under the authority of the Ethiopian Coptic Christian Church.
      • If the sketch was valued, it was not for its intrinsic formal qualities, but rather because it offered visible evidence of something conceived, but not yet realized.
      • The young contemporary artists deal more with the whole image than its parts or else they respond abstractly to the general feeling or to the prints' formal qualities.
      • Now I love formalism, if it reaches sensible results, and if it rests on formal distinctions that make sense.
      • Do you make the distinction between a formal hypnotic state and the everyday trance state?

  • 4

    (of form)
    (analysis/aspect) formal
    (aspect/analysis) de forma