These cities want to be the next London, and when they look at that city, they see order and formality.
It was both stylish and somber while being suitably grand for the formality of the occasion.
And his relaxation of evening formality—without losing the exquisite pleasure of dressing up—was as refreshing as a sigh.
The ownership agreement, which is “quite unique,” Feldman said, is pretty much a formality.
Cindy McCain exhibited a similar richness, attention to detail, and formality.
The only formality is the payment of a few leaves of tobacco to the man who performs the operation.
Lady Coryston had approached her with the formality of a stranger.
Then the young couple planned to go immediately to Athens without the formality of a honeymoon.
There is an honest degree of orderly disorder, and an absence of formality.
Her modest look, in striking contrast with the stiffness and formality common to the aristocracy, interested Lord Byron.
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.