As adjectives the difference between colloquial and formal
is that colloquial
is (linguistics) denoting a manner of speaking or writing that is characteristic of familiar conversation; informal while formal
is being in accord with established forms.
As a noun formal is
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(linguistics) Denoting a manner of speaking or writing that is characteristic of familiar conversation; informal.
Of or pertaining to a conversation; conversational or chatty.
Note that while colloquy and colloquium refer to formal'' conversation, colloquial refers instead specifically to ''informal conversation.
Being in accord with established forms.
Relating to the form or structure of something.
Relating to formation.
Proper, according to strict etiquette; not casual.
Organized; well-structured and planned.
(mathematics) Relating to mere manipulation and construction of strings of symbols, without regard to their meaning.
* formal cause
An evening gown.
An event with a formal dress code.
- Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal .