But these old boxes and formalities still determine how entities are viewed and regulated.
The Duke of Cambridge made the comment to a former regimental sergeant major, Ray Collister, 56, after the formalities.
The Copenhagen climate talks (Conference of the Parties 15, or COP15) were supposed to conclude with formalities.
Her arrival was a check—the formalities of her betrothed's house never failed to upset her.
formalities puzzled them—seemed to strike them as futilities.
Both these ladies, moreover, would be very well to do when the people at the War Office had come to an end of their formalities.
I do not mean that all the formalities were completed in a day.
After the formalities of our meeting were over the stranger stood for a few moments with his chin resting on his breast.
There are some formalities in old France which we have not shaken off.
Your majesty's word is amply sufficient for me; let Romanzoff and Champagny quarrel about the formalities.
1530s, "agreement as to form," from Middle French formalité (15c.) or directly from Latin formalis "formal" (see formal). Originally "literary form;" meaning "something done for the sake of form" is from 1590s. Related: Formalities.