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late 14c., from Old French formel (13c.) and directly from Latin formalis , from forma (see form (n.)). As a noun, (plural) "things that are formal;" as a short way to say formal dance , recorded by 1906, . college students.
UNICEF Data website on child marriage
Ending Child Marriage: Progress and prospects , 2014.
UNICEF, Progress for children, achieving the MDGs with equity , 2010 ()