Main definitions of forte in English

: forte1forte2

forte1

Pronunciation /fɔːt//ˈfɔːti/

noun

  • 1one's forteA thing at which someone excels.

    ‘small talk was not his forte’
    • ‘Jumping has always been his forte and really it has all been about getting him fit and ready.’
    • ‘Davis' main strength, fund raising, is also Clinton's forte.’
    • ‘His forte lies in turning the plebeian into the poetic.’
    • ‘Bocelli may be a global singing star, but opera's not his forte.’
    • ‘Ploughing was his forte and he loved to sow and plant the crops, watch them grow and mature, and harvest them at the back-end.’
    • ‘As noted previously, mathematics is not the Professor's forte - nor even simple sums, apparently.’
    • ‘Our forte right now, whether we like it or not, is that we're a live band.’
    • ‘Knowledge has always been Hinduism's forte and almost all the ancient temples had specially dedicated space for encouraging arts and literature.’
    • ‘As visitors to this blog may have gathered, all that HTML-squiggle-dot stuff isn't the Professor's forte.’
    • ‘Admittedly, his latest two efforts have been less than inspiring, but they both came over hurdles and jumping fences is very much his forte these days.’
    • ‘If innovation isn't the industry's forte, adapting research to the profit motive certainly is.’
    • ‘That said, Ali Baba's forte lies in its masterly lahmacuns and pides - appropriately enough, Turkey's answer to the pizza.’
    • ‘If adventure sports is one's forte, the city offers everything from dune bashing, desert camping and deep water diving to dolphin watching.’
    • ‘His forte lay in articulating authentic emotion, because most of his fictional writing was structured around intensely felt personal experiences.’
    • ‘By the way, Fred is alive and well in Wellington and looking forward to a new season of javelin throwing, his forte nowadays, along with track and field administration.’
    • ‘I may be surrounded with a reminder of the old times but chivalry was never my forte and lucky for me no one expected it to be.’
    • ‘Such situations are Jamie McAllister's forte and twice within a brief spell, he accepted the duty.’
    • ‘If entertainment is your forte you fare out no better.’
    • ‘Whereas Brian specialises in little gifts, Beth's forte is surprises.’
    • ‘Angst is my forte, so beware the bittersweet angst that is my sword!’
    strength, strong point, speciality, long suit, strong suit, talent, special ability, skill, bent, gift, claim to fame, department
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  • 2Fencing
    The part of a sword blade from the hilt to the middle.

    Compare with foible
    • ‘The forte is used to parry, the medio to engage and the debole to hit.’
    • ‘The victorious fencer has his hand in seconda (palm down), his forte against the forte of his opponent, his left leg forward and his point in his opponent's belly.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (in forte (sense 2); originally as fort): from French fort (masculine), forte (feminine) ‘strong’, from Latin fortis.

Pronunciation

forte

/fɔːt//ˈfɔːti/

Main definitions of forte in English

: forte1forte2

forte2

adjective & adverb

Music
  • (especially as a direction) loud or loudly.

    • ‘This is a good piece to work on the many levels of forte playing, especially in an ensemble setting.’
    • ‘The orchestra accompanied well although in the forte passages certain sections of the choir needed to project more tone.’
    • ‘The opening number had the performers singing grand forte two feet from you.’
    • ‘The Petrarchian Sonnet is not quite as successful, Cliburn's dynamics favoring mezzo-forte and forte a little too much throughout.’
    • ‘Schepkin is the ideal accompanist, expertly handling the quirky piano solo halfway through the piece and slamming his forte chords with the right degree of surprise.’

noun

Music
  • A passage performed or marked to be performed loudly.

    • ‘This is contrasted by forceful fortes and fortissimos, and much of the energy goes into (or dissipates because of) these dramatic contrasts rather than going into a more subtle buildup of force.’
    • ‘And as performance dates drew close rehearsals became almost terrifying in their propulsive, impelling commitment - pianissimos were scaled to a whisper and fortes forceful and triumphant.’
    • ‘But to watch a whiplash rapper ride the crest of an orchestral forte is a genuine awakening.’
    • ‘The finest collaborators, however, can create true fortes when necessary while de-emphasizing specific parts of the texture that would otherwise interfere with their musical partner's efforts.’
    • ‘Pianissimos were so soft they whispered, the fortes were imbued with a warmth and strength that echoed through the chapel and up to its high, vaulted ceilings.’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘strong, loud’, from Latin fortis.

Pronunciation

forte

/ˈfɔːteɪ/