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]
Etymology 1From fort, from fortis.
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. .
Etymology 2From forte.
- The musicians played the passage forte.
- feminine of fort
- , /ˈfɔrte/, /"fOrte/
EtymologyFrom the ablative of fors
- Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)
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
PeopleForte/Forté is a human surname of:
- Allen Forte (1926-), an American music theorist and musicologist
- Bruno Forte (1949-), an Italian theologian and ecclesiastic
- Charles Forte, Baron Forte (1908-2007), a famous hotelier
- Sir Rocco Forte, son of Charles Forte, Baron Forte who inherited the hotel business
- John Forté (1975-), an imprisoned musician.
- Joe Forte, an American writer and painter
- Joseph Xavier "Joe" Forte, an American professional basketball player
- Will Forte (1970-), Orville Willis "Will" Forte IV, a cast member of Saturday Night Live
- Jonathan Forte (1985-), an English football player, playing for Scunthorpe United F.C.
Fictional charactersIn some fictional stories, writers choose to use fanciful words such as Forte or Forté as given names. Characters with such names include:
- Forté, a character in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
- Bass (Mega Man), a fictional video game character whose name in Japan is "Forte"
- Bass.EXE, a fictional character from the MegaMan NT Warrior series who is based of his video game counterpart. His name in Japan is also "Forte"
- Forte Stollen, a fictional character from the Galaxy Angel anime
- The dog named Forte appears on Quintet.
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
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