1) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ Informal speech or behaviour is relaxed and friendly rather than serious, very correct, or official.

She is refreshingly informal...

His friend was less good-looking, but a lot more informal and relaxed.

Derived words:
informally ADV-GRADED ADV after v

She was always there at half past eight, chatting informally to the children.

informality [[t]ɪnfɔː(r)mæ̱lɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

He was overwhelmed by their cheerfulness and friendly informality.

2) ADJ-GRADED An informal situation is one which is relaxed and friendly and not very serious or official.

I would like it to be an informal occasion...

The house has an informal atmosphere.

Derived words:
informality N-UNCOUNT

Eleanor enjoyed the relative informality of island life.

3) ADJ-GRADED Informal clothes are casual and suitable for wearing when you are relaxing, but not on formal occasions.

Most of the time Jenny needs informal clothes...

For lunch, dress is informal.

Derived words:
informally ADV-GRADED

Everyone dressed informally in shorts or faded jeans, and baggy sweatshirts.

4) ADJ: usu ADJ n You use informal to describe something that is done unofficially or casually without planning.

The two leaders will retire to Camp David for informal discussions. informal meeting of EC ministers...

We had an informal party at a hotel, and people just flooded in.

Derived words:
informally ADV

He began informally to handle Ted's tax affairs for him.

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  • informal — INFORMÁL, Ă, informali, e, adj. 1. (În sociologie; despre relaţii sociale) Care se desfăşoară în absenţa determinărilor şi cadrelor instituţionale, oficiale, formale; neoficial, neprotocolar, familiar. 2. (Despre pictura abstracţionistă)… …   Dicționar Român

  • informal — in·for·mal adj: marked by the absence of required forms or procedures or by the relaxation of prescribed rules an informal hearing Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. informal …   Law dictionary

  • informal — adjetivo,sustantivo masculino y femenino 1. Que no cumple con su palabra, obligaciones o compromisos: Alvaro es muy informal, quedas con él y luego no aparece. Eres una informal, no tienes ni idea de lo que es la responsabilidad y la seriedad en… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Informal — In*form al, a. [Pref. in not + formal.] 1. Not in the regular, usual, or established form; not according to official, conventional, prescribed, or customary forms or rules; irregular; hence, without ceremony; as, an informal writing, proceeding,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • informal — adj. 2 g. 1. Que não é formal. 2. Que não observa formalidades. 3. Que é relativo a situações ou contextos em que há familiaridade ou descontração. 4.  [Belas Artes] Diz se de uma forma de pintura abstrata (a partir de aproximadamente 1945)… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • informal — [in fôr′məl] adj. not formal; specif., a) not according to prescribed or fixed customs, rules, ceremonies, etc. b) casual, easy, unceremonious, or relaxed c) designed for use or wear on everyday occasions d) not requiring formal dress e)… …   English World dictionary

  • informal — mid 15c., lacking form; not in accordance with the rules of formal logic, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + FORMAL (Cf. formal). Meaning irregular, unofficial is from c.1600. Sense of done without ceremony is from 1828. Related: Informally …   Etymology dictionary

  • informal — [adj] casual, simple breezy, colloquial, congenial, cool*, democratic, down home*, easy, easygoing, everyday, extempore, familiar, folksy, frank, free, free and easy*, homey, improv*, inconspicuous, intimate, laid back*, loose, low pressure,… …   New thesaurus

  • informal — 1. adj. Que no guarda las formas y reglas prevenidas. 2. No convencional. 3. Dicho de una persona: Que en su porte y conducta no observa la conveniente gravedad y puntualidad. U. t. c. s.) 4. com. Perú. Vendedor ambulante …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • informal — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relaxed, friendly, or unofficial. 2) (of clothes) suitable for everyday wear; casual. 3) referring to the language of everyday speech and writing, rather than that used in official and formal contexts. DERIVATIVES informality noun… …   English terms dictionary

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