formality etymology

English word formality comes from Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) formalité

Detailed word origin of formality

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
formalité Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm)
formality English (eng) (countable) A specific requirement for obtaining a legal status, conducting a transaction, etc.. (uncountable) The state of being formal.. A customary ritual without new or unique meaning.. Something said or done as a matter of form.