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Dictionary Definition

forte adj : used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the forte passages in the composition" [syn: loud] [ant: piano]


1 an asset of special worth or utility; "cooking is his forte" [syn: strong suit, long suit, metier, specialty, speciality, strong point, strength] [ant: weak point]
2 (music) with great loudness [syn: fortissimo]
3 the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible adv : used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly [syn: loudly] [ant: piano]

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Etymology 1

From fort, from fortis.


  • a UK /fɔt/ or /fɔtˈeɪ/ or /ˈfɔteɪ/
  • a US /fɔɻt/ or /fɔɻtˈeɪ/ or /ˈfɔɻteɪ/
Usually pronounced as two syllables, with stress on either syllable; but self-described purists will frequently pronounce the "strength" sense as one syllable, reflecting the pronunciation of its French source word. .


  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.
a strength or talent

Etymology 2

From forte.


  • a UK /ˈfɔteɪ/
  • a US /ˈfɔɻteɪ/


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


  1. Loud. Used as a dynamic directive in sheet music in its abbreviated form, , to indicate raising the volume of the music. (abbreviated in musical notation with an f, unicode character 1D141)
    This passage is forte, then there's a diminuendo to mezzo piano.
music: loud


  1. loudly
    The musicians played the passage forte.
music: loudly
See also




  1. strongly



  1. feminine of fort



From fortis


  • , /ˈfɔrte/, /"fOrte/


  1. strong
  2. stressed
    vocali forti - stressed vowel





From the ablative of fors


  1. by chance, accidentally
  2. once, once upon a time
  3. perhaps, perchance, as luck would have it

Related terms


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



  1. strong

Extensive Definition

Forte/Forté may refer to:
  • Forte, an individual's strongest talent or greatest strength ("Preparing gourmet cuisine is his forte")
  • Forte (music), a musical dynamic meaning "loudly" or "strong"
  • Forte (fencing), a fencing term for the "strong" part of the blade
  • Forte (film), a defunct manufacturer of sheet film
  • Trust House Forte, a British hotel and catering firm


Forte/Forté is a human surname of:

Fictional characters

In some fictional stories, writers choose to use fanciful words such as Forte or Forté as given names. Characters with such names include:


  • FORTE (satellite), the Fast On-orbit Rapid Recording of Transient Events satellite
  • Forte 4GL, a proprietary application server
  • Forté Agent, an email and news client used on the Windows operating system
  • Forte TeamWare, a family of development environments from Sun Microsystems


  • Forte Land, a large-scale real estate company in Shanghai, China
  • Forte Group, a former British hotel company
  • Forte Films, an up and coming video production company
forte in German: Forte
forte in Esperanto: Forte
forte in French: Forte
forte in Italian: Forte
forte in Dutch: Forte
forte in Japanese: 演奏記号#一定の強弱を表すもの

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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