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forte

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noun \ˈfȯrt; 2 is often ˈfȯr-ˌtā or fȯr-ˈtā or ˈfȯr-tē\

Definition of forte

  1. 1 :  the part of a sword or foil blade that is between the middle and the hilt and that is the strongest part of the blade

  2. 2 :  one's strong point



Usage Discussion of forte

In forte we have a word derived from French that in its “strong point” sense has no entirely satisfactory pronunciation. Usage writers have denigrated \ˈfȯr-ˌtā\ and \ˈfȯr-tē\ because they reflect the influence of the Italian-derived 2forte. Their recommended pronunciation \ˈfȯrt\, however, does not exactly reflect French either: the French would write the word le fort and would pronounce it more similar to English for. So you can take your choice, knowing that someone somewhere will dislike whichever variant you choose. All are standard, however. In British English \ˈfȯ-ˌtā\ and \ˈfȯt\ predominate; \ˈfȯr-ˌtā\ and \fȯr-ˈtā\ are probably the most frequent pronunciations in American English.

Examples of forte in a sentence

  1. Emily's particular forte was desserts, and most dinner parties ended with three desserts. —Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, An Antebellum Plantation Household, 1996

  2. Even during Picasso's youthful figurative stages, stark realism was never his forte … —Patricia Corbett, Connoisseur, July 1988

  3. Though his forte was never the novel but the novella, he paid the rent by grinding out novel after novel … —Hugh Kenner, A Sinking Island, (1987) 1988



Origin and Etymology of forte

French fort, from fort, adjective, strong


First Known Use: circa 1648


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forte

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adverb or adjective for·te \ˈfȯr-ˌtā, ˈfȯr-tē\

Simple Definition of forte

  • music : in a loud manner

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of forte

  1. :  loud —used as a direction in music

Origin and Etymology of forte

Italian, from forte strong, from Latin fortis


First Known Use: circa 1724


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forte

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noun for·te \ˈfȯr-ˌtā, ˈfȯr-tē\

Definition of forte

  1. :  a musical tone or passage played loudly



Origin and Etymology of forte

(see 2forte)


First Known Use: 1759


FORTE Defined for Kids

forte

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noun \ˈfȯrt, ˈfȯr-ˌtā\

Definition of forte for Students

  1. :  something in which a person shows special ability <Music is my forte.>




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