- From French fort, strong, from Latin fortis, strong.
- From Italian forte, strong, also from Latin fortis, strong.
- IPA: (UK)/fɔt/ (US)/fɔɻt/
- IPA: (UK)/fɔtˈeɪ/ (US)/fɔɻtˈeɪ/
- IPA: (UK)/ˈfɔteɪ/ (US)/ˈfɔɻteɪ/
forte (plural, fortes)
- (etymology 1, pronunciation 1 or 2) A strength or talent
- He writes respectably, but poetry is not his forte.
- (etymology 1, pronunciation 1) The strong part of a sword blade, close to the hilt.
- (etymology 2, pronunciation 3) A passage in music to be played loudly; a loud section of music.
- This forte marks the climax of the second movement.
- (music, etymology 2, pronuncation 3) Loud (abbreviated in musical notation with an f, unicode character 1D141)
- This passage is forte, then there's a diminuendo to mezzo piano.
- (music, etymology 2, pronuncation 3) Loudly
- The musicians played the passage forte.