Meaning of informal in English:

informal

Pronunciation /?n?f??m(?)l/

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adjective

  • 1Having a relaxed, friendly, or unofficial style, manner, or nature.

    ‘an informal atmosphere’
    • ‘an informal agreement between the two companies’
    • ‘It is an army establishment and although run on military lines the atmosphere is easy, informal and friendly.’
    • ‘The atmosphere is relaxed, informal and friendly.’
    • ‘The service throughout was extremely friendly and the informal atmosphere was enhanced by the fact that we felt we could have sat there all afternoon if we had wanted to.’
    • ‘That kind of thing helps create the friendly, informal atmosphere that makes the blogosphere so much fun to be a part of.’
    • ‘She wins a £100 prize for the photograph that judges decided best summed up the friendly and informal atmosphere of the event.’
    • ‘We immediately relaxed into the restaurant's friendly, informal atmosphere.’
    • ‘The twins were delighted with the atmosphere and the informal nature of the celebrations.’
    • ‘Refreshments were provided and enjoyed by all in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.’
    • ‘It's a friendly, informal place, and easy to relax in.’
    • ‘Be prepared to share a table as the idea here is to create an informal and easy going atmosphere.’
    • ‘The building will be open to everyone, the atmosphere will be friendly, inclusive and informal.’
    • ‘Part of the appeal of tutoring is the informal nature of the job and the casual, friendly relationship it allows tutors and faculty members to develop.’
    • ‘He is undoubtedly a purist, but he writes from the heart in an informal style that welcomes the reader as a close friend.’
    • ‘Many people dislike his informal style of leadership.’
    • ‘Last night I attended the informal opening of a friend's bar on 2nd Avenue.’
    • ‘I generally spent most of what I had on used records, then lent them to friends in informal return for their holdings.’
    • ‘Consequently it has a very informal style, spilling down a hillside on the Atlantic coast with sections divided between limestone boulders.’
    • ‘A lot of what makes weblogs interesting is their personal, ephemeral, and informal nature.’
    • ‘But more people were coming into Yorkshire on business and on informal holidays, visiting friends and relatives.’
    • ‘This will be an informal gathering of friends and neighbours and all who would like to come along are invited to do so.’
    casual, relaxed, easy-going, natural, unceremonious, unofficial, non-formal, unstudied, unaffected
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    1. 1.1(of dress) casual; suitable for everyday wear.
      ‘the guys wore very informal clothes’
      • ‘Cate nodded and slipped out of her informal dress that she had worn all day.’
      • ‘He liked jazz, preferred informal dress, didn't much care for hunting and shooting, and was openly contemptuous of red carpets.’
      • ‘Dress is informal and music will be provided by the Brose Walsh Band.’
      • ‘The Croydon Symphony Orchestra was at work in informal dress; in shirt-sleeves, jeans and other casual clothes.’
      • ‘She now wore a low-cut pink top that flirted with the school's informal dress code.’
      • ‘So if you don't have that much time left before you wedding, an informal dress could be a good choice.’
      • ‘This identified him as a doctor, yet he wore simple, informal clothes.’
      • ‘Remember however that most reservation only dining restaurants require formal or informal dress attire as well.’
      • ‘Most performers wear the informal street clothes of a 26-year-old garage mechanic.’
      • ‘Tickets are now available priced at £20 and 30 euro and the dress code is informal.’
      • ‘Many locals dress in period costume to set the tone for the afternoon, but the dress code is informal, so no one needs to feel pressured.’
      • ‘Fernandes' informal wear had that wily old politician and general Fidel Ramos envious.’
      • ‘Dress in class is informal, although men should consider a tie for more formal occasions.’
      • ‘We asked them to be fairly informal in their dress and not to carry clip boards or briefcases but to carry the questionnaires around in plastic bags.’
      • ‘Some people were wearing suits while a few others were in informal clothing.’
      • ‘It was more like a dress jacket with black pants because he had leaned towards the informal side and wasn't wearing a tie or a vest.’
      casual, relaxed, comfortable, everyday, sloppy, leisure
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  • 2Denoting the grammatical structures, vocabulary, and idiom suitable to everyday language and conversation rather than to official or formal contexts.

    ‘The content of websites can be written in formal as well as informal language.’
    • ‘The blend of formal and informal language suits the school's mission and vision perfectly.’
    • ‘And what about informal and formal names for living things?’
    • ‘There is considerable lexical borrowing and linguistic code switching in informal conversation.’
    • ‘They speak English in formal discourse or political discussions and shift to Patois in informal conversation and gossip.’
    • ‘Idiomatic usages are usually colloquial and informal, more or less obvious figurative extensions of ordinary uses.’
    • ‘This function of informal language will generate terms and labels that differ from official usage in several ways.’
    • ‘Iago is particularly clever at varying his language across the formal / informal register to suit his listeners.’
    • ‘Heritage language learners often speak informal dialects and/or registers of their respective languages.’
    • ‘A small percentage of the students admit that sometimes both they and their parents speak an informal language variety at home.’
    • ‘These languages are not merely a set of informal gestures, nor are they a signed version of any particular spoken language.’
    • ‘Within months, the discussions turned from informal to formal.’
    • ‘It should feel like an informal conversation between people with the same goals, all trying to explore and surface good thinking.’
    • ‘I was completely entranced listening to their informal conversation and subsequent business discussion, sitting there with a stupid smile on my face.’
    • ‘This involved brief informal conversations with the women about their attitudes regarding the men who pass by their windows.’
    • ‘Stories are shared through the media, seminars, and classes and during informal conversations in the workplace.’
    • ‘It is apparent that the writing style is simple and informal.’
    • ‘It is helped by market research showing that the British public is starting to like the Liverpool accent again; it sounds friendly and informal.’
    • ‘No matter how serious minded the intention behind the blog, the Internet forces the writer into shortened, informal style.’
    colloquial, vernacular, idiomatic, demotic, non-standard, popular, dialectal, non-literary
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  • 3(of economic activity) carried on by self-employed or independent people on a small scale, especially unofficially or illegally.

    ‘Peru's huge and dense informal sector of street vendors and cottage industries’
    • ‘There is no longer any mystery as to why so much economic activity in developing countries is in the informal sector.’
    • ‘In Peru's informal economic sector, street vendors sell anything from food to flowers.’
    • ‘It is believed that these informal sector activities create significant employment opportunities.’
    • ‘She said the Government supported the private sector and informal sector participation in the country as a quick way of mending the economy.’
    • ‘The real macroeconomic trend of informal labour, in other words, is the reproduction of absolute poverty.’
    • ‘There are many more carpentry workshops owned by native Africans operating in the informal sector of the economy.’
    • ‘Another innovative aspect of this work is the attention paid to the informal and illegal sectors of the economy.’
    • ‘To make ends meet, they engage in many informal activities.’
    • ‘In addition, it is generally assumed that many women are employed in nonregistered and underpaid informal activities.’
    • ‘Many people maintain a formal job for health benefits and pensions, but rely on a range of informal activities to get by.’
    • ‘The informal economic sector is increasing in importance.’
    • ‘Surveys in Niger in 1982 and 1987 showed a rising level of activity and wage rates in the informal sector.’
    • ‘Business' role in the economy of child labor has at least three dimensions, both in the formal and informal economic sectors.’
    • ‘Some economists estimate that the informal sector makes up roughly 40 percent of the economy.’
    • ‘However, to the many more with no such hope, the only alternatives are to migrate or to embrace the illegality of the informal economy.’
    • ‘The less economic freedom the bigger will the informal sector be, they argue.’
    • ‘These developments supplanted the need for many informal sector activities.’
    • ‘The illegal informal traders are posing a direct challenge to the City of Windhoek.’
    • ‘Evasion and escape to the informal sector are big problems in many countries, especially developing countries.’
    • ‘One-third of the economically active population works in the informal sector.’
    unofficial, irregular, grey, black, back-door, illegal, illicit
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