noun, plural for·mal·i·ties.
Examples from the Web for formalities
The Duke of Cambridge made the comment to a former regimental sergeant major, Ray Collister, 56, after the formalities.More Kids Planned Kate? No, One is Enough, At The Moment...|Tom Sykes|March 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Copenhagen climate talks (Conference of the Parties 15, or COP15) were supposed to conclude with formalities.
But these old boxes and formalities still determine how entities are viewed and regulated.
His knighthood was conferred with the greatest splendor and all the formalities of the time.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II|Charlotte Mary Yonge
Here were a score of men working at repairs, and Jimmie stopped for no formalities, but took off his coat and pitched in.Jimmie Higgins|Upton Sinclair
But I think we had better put an immediate stop to formalities which must be painful to a creditor so benevolent.The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The formalities which follow the marriage of a widow can seldom be regulated in the same manner as those of a younger bride.Our Deportment|John H. Young
And I shall marry Dario next spring, perhaps sooner, if the formalities can be hastened.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete|Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for formalities
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for 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.