See also: forté and fortë

English edit

Etymology 1 edit

Borrowed 1640–50; earlier fort < Middle French; disyllabic pronunciation by association with Italian forte, from Latin fortis (strong).[1] Doublet of fort and fortis.

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forte (plural fortes)

  1. A strength or talent.
    He writes respectably, but poetry is not his forte.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XV, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 115:
      Between ourselves, the country is rather triste, and you have given me positively a sensation; yet my forte is not the Arcadian: however, I will do my petit possible to console you for the loss of le beau Lindor, who was my predecessor.
  2. The strong part of a sword blade, close to the hilt.
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Etymology 2 edit

Borrowed from Italian forte (strong).[1]

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Forte notation.

forte (not comparable)

  1. (music) Loud. Used as a dynamic directive in sheet music in its abbreviated form, "f.", to indicate raising the volume of the music. (Abbreviated in musical notation with an f, the Unicode character 1D191.)
    This passage is forte, then there's a diminuendo to mezzo piano.
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forte (not comparable)

  1. (music) Loudly.
    The musicians played the passage forte.
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forte (plural fortes)

  1. A passage in music to be played loudly; a loud section of music.
    This forte marks the climax of the second movement.
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terms containing the word "forte" (could be from any etymology above, or etymologically unrelated)
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 forte”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present. (which notates force words like this noun /ɔr, oʊr/, vs north words like this adjective as just /ɔr/)
  2. ^ William Dwight Whitney and Benjamin E[li] Smith, editors (1914), “forte”, in The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, volume II (D–Hoon), revised edition, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., →OCLC.
  3. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  4. ^ William Dwight Whitney and Benjamin E[li] Smith, editors (1914), “forte”, in The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, volume II (D–Hoon), revised edition, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., →OCLC.
  5. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.

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Danish edit

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Etymology 1 edit

From Old Danish forta, fortæ (space around a horse), see fortov (pavement).

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forte c (singular definite forten, plural indefinite forter)

  1. (historical) open space in a village
  2. (historical) enclosed cattle path
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Etymology 2 edit

From Italian forte, from Latin fortis (strong).

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forte

  1. (music) forte, loudly
    Antonym: piano

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  • IPA(key): /ˈforte/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: for‧te

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forte

  1. strongly

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forte f sg

  1. feminine singular of fort

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Galician edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Old Galician-Portuguese forte, from Latin fortis, fortem (strong), from Old Latin forctis, fortis, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (to rise, high, hill).

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forte m or f (plural fortes)

  1. strong
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Etymology 2 edit

From praza forte, "strong place".

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forte m (plural fortes)

  1. fortress

References edit

  • forte” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006–2022.
  • forte” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006–2018.
  • forte” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006–2013.
  • forte” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.

Italian edit

Etymology edit

From Latin fortem, from Old Latin forctis, fortis, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (to rise, high, hill).

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forte m (plural forti)

  1. fort, fortress
    Synonyms: fortezza, fortilizio, fortino, bicocca, piazzaforte, roccaforte, ridotta
  2. a strength or talent
    La chimica non è il mio forte

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forte (plural forti, superlative fortissimo)

  1. strong
    Sono alto e forte.I am tall and strong.
  2. (linguistics) stressed
    vocali fortistressed vowel

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  • forte in Dizionario di Italiano online - La Repubblica

Latin edit

Etymology 1 edit

From the ablative of fors (chance, luck).

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forte

  1. ablative singular of fors

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forte (not comparable)

  1. by chance, accidentally
    Synonym: temere
  2. once, once upon a time
  3. perhaps, perchance
  4. as luck would have it
  5. as it (just so) happens/happened
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Etymology 2 edit

From fortis.

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forte

  1. nominative/vocative/accusative singular neuter of fortis

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  • forte”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • forte”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • forte in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • forte in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) quite accidentally, fortuitously: temere et fortuito; forte (et) temere

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forte f

  1. feminine singular of fort

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forte

  1. definite singular of fort
  2. plural of fort

Old Galician-Portuguese edit

Etymology edit

Inherited from Latin fortem (strong), from Old Latin forctis, fortis, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (to rise, high, hill).

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forte m or f (plural fortes)

  1. strong; powerful (capable of producing great physical force)
  2. (of wind, water, etc.) strong; fast moving etc.
  3. (of a disease or symptom) strong; severe

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  • Fala: forti
  • Galician: forte
  • Portuguese: forte

Portuguese edit

Etymology edit

Inherited from Old Galician-Portuguese forte, from Latin fortis (strong), from Old Latin forctis, fortis, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (to rise, high, hill).

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  • (Northeast Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈfɔh.tɪ/, /fɔhtʲ/, /fɔʈʲ/
  • Hyphenation: for‧te

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forte m (plural fortes)

  1. strength (pronounced quality), strong suit
  2. fortress
    Synonym: fortaleza

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forte m or f (plural fortes, comparable, comparative mais forte, superlative o mais forte or fortíssimo, diminutive fortinho, augmentative fortão)

  1. capable of producing great force; strong; forceful
    O homem forte levantou o carro.
    The strong man lifted the car.
  2. capable of withstanding great force; strong; durable
  3. highly stimulating to the senses; intense; extreme; strong
    Senti um cheiro muito forte.
    I smelled a very strong odor.
  4. (euphemistic) fat
    Synonym: gordo

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Romanian edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Italian forte or Latin fortis.

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forte m or f or n (indeclinable)

  1. strong, powerful

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forte

  1. strongly

Spanish edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Italian forte. Doublet of fuerte.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈfoɾte/ [ˈfoɾ.t̪e]
  • Rhymes: -oɾte
  • Syllabification: for‧te

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forte m or f (masculine and feminine plural fortes)

  1. (music) forte

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forte

  1. (music) forte

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forte m (plural fortes)

  1. (music) forte

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Swedish edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Italian forte.

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forte (not comparable)

  1. (music) forte (loudly)

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forte n

  1. (music) forte (passage to be played loudly)

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Declension of forte 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative forte fortet forten fortena
Genitive fortes fortets fortens fortenas

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