noun, plural for·mal·i·ties.
Examples from the Web for formality
It was both stylish and somber while being suitably grand for the formality of the occasion.
Early marriage is mostly a formality, but girls traditionally leave school at that time.
These cities want to be the next London, and when they look at that city, they see order and formality.
The ownership agreement, which is “quite unique,” Feldman said, is pretty much a formality.
And his relaxation of evening formality—without losing the exquisite pleasure of dressing up—was as refreshing as a sigh.
Without the formality of knocking, they entered an apartment on the fourth floor where a woman stood washing dishes.Abe and Mawruss|Montague Glass
The manners of maidens had more of reserve and formality then.
It was a formality, he said, to straighten out some tangle, so I did it.The Best Policy|Elliott Flower
The Otaheiteans have the most perfect easiness of manners, equally free from forwardness and formality.A Voyage to the South Sea|William Bligh
Introduction is a formality and a bore, and is never resorted to by your well-bred host, save in a casual way.The Young Duke|Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for formality
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for formality
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.