[ fawr-muh l-wair ]
/ ˈfɔr məlˌwɛər /


clothing designed for or customarily worn on formal occasions, as tuxedos and evening gowns.


Nearby words

  1. formalise,
  2. formalism,
  3. formality,
  4. formalize,
  5. formally,
  6. formamidase,
  7. forman,
  8. formant,
  9. format,
  10. formate

Compare evening dress.

Origin of formalwear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for formalwear

  • His penchant for formalwear helped, but it had more to do with him pulling a party together and then retreating from it.

    Accidental Billionaires|Samuel P. Jacobs|July 16, 2009|DAILY BEAST