Etymology
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formality (n.)

1530s, "agreement as to form," from formal + -ity or else from French formalité (15c.) or Latin formitalitatem. Sense of "conformity to established rule" is from 1590s; meaning "something done for the sake of form" is from 1640s. Related: Formalities.

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Definitions of formality

formality (n.)
a requirement of etiquette or custom;
a mere formality
Synonyms: formalities
formality (n.)
a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies;
the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention
Synonyms: formalness
formality (n.)
compliance with formal rules;
courtroom formality
From wordnet.princeton.edu