follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

pro forma

[proh fawr-muh] /proʊ ˈfɔr mə/
noun
1.
according to form; as a matter of form; for the sake of form.
2.
Commerce. provided in advance of shipment and merely showing the description and quantity of goods shipped without terms of payment:
a pro forma invoice.
3.
Accounting. indicating hypothetical financial figures based on previous business operations for estimate purposes:
a pro forma balance sheet.
Also, proforma (for defs 2, 3).
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Latin prō fōrma
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for proforma

pro forma

/ˈprəʊ ˈfɔːmə/
adjective
1.
prescribing a set form or procedure
adverb
2.
performed in a set manner
Word Origin
Latin: for form's sake
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for proforma

pro forma

also proforma, Latin, literally "for form's sake, by way of formality;" see pro- + form (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
proforma in Culture
pro forma [(proh fawr-muh)]

Doing something pro forma means satisfying only the minimum requirements of a task and doing it in a perfunctory way: “Her welcoming address was strictly pro forma: you could tell that her mind was a million miles away.” From Latin, meaning “by form.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pro forma

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for proforma

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends