[fawrt, fohrt or for 1, fawr-tey] /fɔrt, foʊrt or for 1, ˈfɔr teɪ/

a person’s strong suit, or most highly developed characteristic, talent, or skill; something that one excels in:
I don’t know what her forte is, but it’s not music.
Synonyms: talent, skill, excellence, strength, strong point, specialty, proficiency; knack, bent.
the stronger part of a sword blade, between the middle and the hilt (opposed to ).
[fawr-tis] /ˈfɔr tɪs/ Phonetics
pronounced with considerable muscular tension and breath pressure, resulting in a strong fricative or explosive sound. In stressed position (p, t, k, ch, f, th, s, sh) and sometimes (h) are fortis in English as compared with (b, d, g, j, v, th̸, z, and zh), which are lenis.
Compare .
noun, plural fortes
[fawr-teez] /ˈfɔr tiz/ (Show IPA)
a fortis consonant.
[fawr-tey; Italian fawr-te] /ˈfɔr teɪ; Italian ˈfɔr tɛ/ Music.
(a direction in a musical score or part) loud; with force (opposed to ).
(a direction in a musical score or part) loudly.
a passage that is loud and played with force or is marked to be so.
Abbreviation: f.
/fɔːt; ˈfɔːteɪ/
something at which a person excels; strong point: cooking is my forte
(fencing) the stronger section of a sword blade, between the hilt and the middle Compare foible
adjective, adverb
loud or loudly f
a loud passage in music
(of a consonant) articulated with considerable muscular tension of the speech organs or with a great deal of breath pressure or plosion
noun (pl) -tes (-tiːz)
a consonant, such as English p or f, pronounced with considerable muscular force or breath pressure

1640s, from French fort “strong point (of a sword blade),” also “fort,” from Middle French fort (see fort). Meaning “strong point of a person” is from 1680s. Final -e- added 18c. in imitation of Italian forte “strong.”

music instruction, “loud, loudly,” from Italian forte, literally “strong,” from Latin fortis “strong” (see fort).
forte [(fawr-tay)]

A musical direction meaning “to be performed loudly”; the opposite of piano.

Note: The common keyboard instrument the pianoforte (“piano” for short) got its name because it could play both soft and loud notes.


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