What is the difference between Debutante and Formal?

The difference between debutante and formal

is that "debutante" is a young woman who makes her first formal appearance in society and "formal" is being in accord with established forms.




  • A young woman who makes her first formal appearance in society.
  • A female debutant, especially in sport and entertainment.


  • Synonym: deb


  • Being in accord with established forms.
  • Official.
  • Relating to the form or structure of something.
  • Relating to formation.
  • Ceremonial or traditional.
  • 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.


  • informal

Related terms

  • form


  • She spoke formal English, without any dialect.
  • I’d like to make a formal complaint.
  • Formal linguistics ignores the vocabulary of languages and focuses solely on their grammar.
  • THE THREE DOMINANT FORMS IN METALSMITHING […] At present, there are but three basic volumetric forms dominating the work of metalsmiths, the spherical , the cylindrical, and the cubical. […] The possibilities for further variations on them are all but exhausted, there being little chance to express new and unusual ideas within the framework of such limited choices. As a result, much of twentieth-century metalsmithing has relied on surface enrichment rather than formal development for its originality.
  • The formal stage is a critical part of any child’s development.
  • Formal wear must be worn at my wedding!
  • He’s always very formal, and I wish he’d relax a bit.
  • When they became a formal club the rowers built a small boathouse.
  • Formal series are defined without any reference to convergence.


  • (uncountable) Formalin.
  • An evening gown.
  • An event with a formal dress code.
  • (programming) A formal parameter.

Related terms

  • essive-formal


  • Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal.