for·​tis ˈfȯr-təs How to pronounce fortis (audio)
: produced with relatively great articulatory tenseness and strong expiration
\t\ in toe is fortis, \d\ in doe is lenis

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, strong

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fortis was in 1897

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Cite this Entry

“Fortis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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