What does the word formal mean?

Usage examples for formal

  1. What happened was all due to the impulse of the soldiers: there was no set speech, no formal assembly of the troops. – Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
  2. At last she said, in the course of the formal talk: " You have travelled much?" – Mrs. Falchion, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  3. How it came about was never quite understood by the ladies, but the true and formal note of a Ladies' Home Study Club was never once struck that afternoon. – The Boss of Little Arcady by Harry Leon Wilson