Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Attire, such as evening gowns and tuxedos, for wear on formal occasions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Clothing suited to formal occasions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening

Etymologies

formal +‎ wear (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Study the vintage style of designer Ralph Lauren, who varies his formalwear by wearing a tuxedo jacket with faded jeans and scuffed cowboy boots.

    Old Clothes

  • Interlaid with unbearably long pauses, this turned out to be three rounds: a talent show, a swimwear round, and a formalwear round with interviews.

    Sullen Months, Möbius Strips

  • While Web shopping makes many purchases easy, you still need to go to the store to shop for jeans, blazers and your most special formalwear.

    Dos and Don'ts for Online Fashion Shopping

  • I spent my entire childhood being reassured by anthropomorphic animated figures that, as long as I spent enough time reading, I would eventually wander into a castle and find myself in a relationship with someone who looked like Chewbacca in formalwear.

    Happy Valentine's Day! Can someone explain this 'love' thing?

  • Trademarks: Necktie outside the sweater; formalwear with a down vest

    Fiats of Style

  • The brand encourages men to wear slippers with casual clothes as well as formalwear.

    How Going Outside in Slippers Became Cool

  • High-strung reporters ordering formalwear online is inherently risky, and on the day before the gowns were due to arrive last week, the system went haywire.

    Reporter's Notebook: Discount Fashion Comes at a Cost

  • He was wearing his signature formalwear - shades, a hooded sweatshirt and running shoes - and mulling a move west from the east coast.

    Arn Tellem: Remembering Wernick

  • After college, Dawn spent 18 years working at a local formalwear company, outfitting everyone from bridegrooms to high school madrigal singers.

    Shop owner overwhelmed by community support during hard times

  • At the third dream-level, DiCaprio and Murphy find themselves skiing in naff white military snowsuit outfits? much less cool than the formalwear they modelled in the hotel? towards a perfunctorily imagined Dr Evil-style mountainside HQ.

    Inception

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