formality

[fawr-mal-i-tee]

noun, plural for·mal·i·ties.


Origin of formality

From the Latin word fōrmālitās, dating back to 1525–35. See formal1, -ity

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formality

noun plural -ties

a requirement of rule, custom, etiquette, etc
the condition or quality of being formal or conventional
strict or excessive observance of form, ceremony, etc
an established, proper, or conventional method, act, or procedure
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Word Origin and History for formalities

formality

n.

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.

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