Calling an event a "date" means that you are telling your partner that you feel a physical attraction to them and you are interested in spending time together to see if it develops into a romantic relationship. It usually means that at the end of the "date," if it went well, you are okay with him giving you a goodnight kiss on the lips.
If you say it's not a date, have you told him that you don't think of him in that way? Has he said anything like that to you?
Don't worry about what other people may call it. Just be respectful enough to make sure that you two don't have any misunderstandings.
I have heard that in Japan , now a days because men don't want to get married , they are encouraged to date in sexual surroundings where they could watch videos or be naked or even have sex. Even art classes are organized where the models are nude. Men is asked to draw a woman's figure and a woman is asked to draw a mans figure.
Yes, I would say A... Date. Even if it Someone who is not a Mate, it's still a Special Event in which you are going on His arm, and He who is Taking yours here, dear. The Corsage says it All, you are going to a Ball. Good luck and great question. xx
It absolutely is a date! When I was in high school girls made a big deal of the prom and friendships were lost based on who asked them to the prom. Most of the students who went to the prom had been dating for some while anyway. I was never asked though so I didn't get to go to the prom, it was couples only no singles.
In 'Straya we call it formal lol, and heaps of kids go with either their friends, or with someone of the opposite sex just casually, not as an actual date. Might be vastly different to the States, but it's my 2 cents.