Quick answer
"Casual" is an adjective which is often translated as "ocasional", and "formal" is an adjective which is often translated as "formal". Learn more about the difference between "casual" and "formal" below.
casual(
kah
-
zhwuhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (relaxed)
a. casual
We're going to have a casual party with some friends on Friday.Vamos a hacer una fiesta casual con unos amigos el viernes.
b. despreocupado
The doctor was fired for her casual attitude towards the patients.La doctora fue despedida por su actitud despreocupada hacia los pacientes.
2. (by chance)
a. ocasional
To the casual observer it probably looks like the two sides agree about everything.Para un observador ocasional probablemente parece que los dos lados están de acuerdo en todo.
b. fortuito
Silvio acted like the meeting with his crush was casual, but he'd been planning it for weeks.Silvio hizo que el encuentro con la chica que le gusta fuera fortuito, pero llevaba semanas planeándolo.
3. (not formal)
a. informal
We wear casual clothes to the office on Fridays.Llevamos ropa informal a la oficina los viernes.
b. de sport
John always wears casual clothes to go out.John siempre lleva ropa de sport para salir.
4. (temporary)
a. eventual
Ronnie was hired on a casual basis.Ronnie fue contratada como trabajadora eventual.
b. temporal
The student found some casual work as a private tutor.El estudiante encontró un trabajo temporal como maestro particular.
c. ocasional
Elena has a casual summer job.Elena tiene un empleo ocasional de verano.
5. (offhand)
a. de pasada
Your casual complaint about the hotel's food got a couple people fired.Tu comentario de pasada sobre la comida del hotel hizo que varias personas perdieran el trabajo.
casuals
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (informal clothing) (United Kingdom)
a. la ropa de sport
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Did you see the picture of the prime minister wearing casuals?¿Viste la foto del primer ministro vestido con ropa de sport?
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formal(
fawr
-
muhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (dressy)
a. formal
Everyone is looking forward to the spring formal dance.Todo el mundo está a la espera del baile formal de primavera.
b. elegante
She wore a formal gown to the wedding.Se puso un vestido elegante para la boda.
2. (official)
a. formal
I'm not happy with the service, so I am going to file a formal complaint.No estoy contento con el servicio, así que voy a presentar una queja formal.
b. oficial
We need to sign a formal contract before we can do business with you.Necesitamos firmar un contrato oficial antes de hacer negocios con ustedes.
c. protocolario
The formal swearing in ceremony will be on Thursday at 3 pm.La toma de protesta protocolaria será el jueves a las 3 pm.
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