forte

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French fort (strong), from Latin fortis (strong).[1]

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Noun[edit]

forte (plural fortes)

  1. A strength or talent.
    He writes respectably, but poetry is not his forte.
  2. The strong part of a sword blade, close to the hilt.
Usage notes[edit]

Traditionally, forte (strength, talent) was a one-syllable word, like its French etymon. Perhaps due to confusion with forte (loudly), a two-syllable pronunciation also came into common use. Both pronunciations are now standard.[1]

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Italian forte (strong).[1]

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Adjective[edit]

Forte notation.

forte (comparative fortissimo, superlative fortississimo)

  1. (music) Loud. Used as a dynamic directive in sheet music in its abbreviated form, "f.", to indicate raising the volume of the music. (Abbreviated in musical notation with an f, the Unicode character 1D191.)
    This passage is forte, then there's a diminuendo to mezzo piano.
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Adverb[edit]

forte (comparative fortissimo, superlative fortississimo)

  1. (music) Loudly.
    The musicians played the passage forte.
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Noun[edit]

forte (plural fortes)

  1. A passage in music to be played loudly; a loud section of music.
    This forte marks the climax of the second movement.
See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 forte” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.

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Esperanto[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈforte/
  • Hyphenation: for‧te

Adverb[edit]

forte

  1. strongly

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

forte

  1. feminine form of fort

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese forte, from Latin fortis (strong), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (fort).

Adjective[edit]

forte m, f (plural fortes)

  1. strong

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fortis, fortem. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (fort).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

forte m (invariable)

  1. fort, fortress

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Adjective[edit]

forte m, f (masculine and feminine plural forti)

  1. strong
  2. (linguistics) stressed
    vocali forti - stressed vowel

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Jèrriais[edit]

Adjective[edit]

forte f

  1. feminine form of fort

Latin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the ablative of fōrs (chance, luck).

Adverb[edit]

fōrte (not comparable)

  1. by chance, accidentally
  2. once, once upon a time
  3. perhaps, perchance,
  4. as luck would have it
  5. as it (just so) happens/happened
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Etymology 2[edit]

From fōrs.

Noun[edit]

fōrte

  1. ablative singular of fōrs

Etymology 3[edit]

From fortis.

Adjective[edit]

forte

  1. nominative singular neuter of fortis
  2. accusative singular neuter of fortis

References[edit]

  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

Old Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fortis (strong), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (fort).

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Adjective[edit]

forte m, f (plural fortes)

  1. strong; powerful (capable of producing great physical force)
  2. (of wind, water, etc.) strong; fast moving etc.
  3. (of a disease or symptom) strong; severe

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese forte, from Latin fortis (strong), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (fort).

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Noun[edit]

forte m (plural fortes)

  1. strength (pronounced quality)

Adjective[edit]

forte m, f (plural fortes; comparable)

  1. Capable of producing great force; strong; forceful.
  2. Capable of withstanding great force; strong; durable.
  3. Highly stimulating to the senses; intense; extreme; strong.

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