Main definitions of forte in English

: forte1forte2

forte1

Pronunciation /fôrt//ˈfôrˌtā/

noun

  • 1in singular A thing at which someone excels.

    ‘small talk was not his forte’
    • ‘Davis' main strength, fund raising, is also Clinton's forte.’
    • ‘As visitors to this blog may have gathered, all that HTML-squiggle-dot stuff isn't the Professor's forte.’
    • ‘Knowledge has always been Hinduism's forte and almost all the ancient temples had specially dedicated space for encouraging arts and literature.’
    • ‘Angst is my forte, so beware the bittersweet angst that is my sword!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bocelli may be a global singing star, but opera's not his forte.’
    • ‘Whereas Brian specialises in little gifts, Beth's forte is surprises.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our forte right now, whether we like it or not, is that we're a live band.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That said, Ali Baba's forte lies in its masterly lahmacuns and pides - appropriately enough, Turkey's answer to the pizza.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His forte lies in turning the plebeian into the poetic.’
    • ‘If adventure sports is one's forte, the city offers everything from dune bashing, desert camping and deep water diving to dolphin watching.’
    • ‘If innovation isn't the industry's forte, adapting research to the profit motive certainly is.’
    • ‘If entertainment is your forte you fare out no better.’
    • ‘His forte lay in articulating authentic emotion, because most of his fictional writing was structured around intensely felt personal experiences.’
    • ‘Jumping has always been his forte and really it has all been about getting him fit and ready.’
    • ‘As noted previously, mathematics is not the Professor's forte - nor even simple sums, apparently.’
    • ‘Such situations are Jamie McAllister's forte and twice within a brief spell, he accepted the duty.’
    strength, strong point, speciality, long suit, strong suit, talent, special ability, skill, bent, gift, claim to fame, department
    View synonyms
  • 2Fencing
    The stronger part of a sword blade, from the hilt to the middle.

    Compare with foible
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The forte is used to parry, the medio to engage and the debole to hit.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

forte

/fôrt//ˈfôrˌtā/

Main definitions of forte in English

: forte1forte2

forte2

Pronunciation /ˈfôrˌtā//fôrt/

adverb & adjective

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

    • ‘The opening number had the performers singing grand forte two feet from you.’
    • ‘The orchestra accompanied well although in the forte passages certain sections of the choir needed to project more tone.’
    • ‘The Petrarchian Sonnet is not quite as successful, Cliburn's dynamics favoring mezzo-forte and forte a little too much throughout.’
    • ‘This is a good piece to work on the many levels of forte playing, especially in an ensemble setting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

forte

/ˈfôrˌtā//fôrt/