**Formal**

**Formal,** (adj.) relating to an established hierarchy, procedure or set of specific behaviors.

For other uses of * form* see Form (disambiguation)

For other uses of * formalism* see Formalism (disambiguation)

*Formal* may also refer to:

- Formal (university), a type of ceremonial event at university
- School formal, a type of ceremonial event at school
- Formal wear, clothing for formal occasions
- Informal sector, as opposed to
*Formal sector*, economic activity beyond the purview of government - A Formality, an established procedure or set of specific behaviors

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### Famous quotes containing the word formal:

“The manifestation of poetry in external life is *formal* perfection. True sentiment grows within, and art must represent internal phenomena externally.”

—Franz Grillparzer (1791–1872)

“Two clergymen disputing whether ordination would be valid without the imposition of both hands, the more *formal* one said, “Do you think the Holy Dove could fly down with only one wing?””

—Horace Walpole (1717–1797)

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—Sara Lawrence Lightfoot (20th century)