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English

Etymology 1

From French fort (strong), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] fortis (strong).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /fɔt/ or IPA: /fɔtˈeɪ/ or IPA: /ˈfɔteɪ/
  • (US) IPA: /fɔɻt/ or IPA: /fɔɻtˈeɪ/ or IPA: /ˈfɔɻteɪ/

Traditionally pronounced by purists with only one syllable, it comes from a French noun. Often confused in usage with forté, a two-syllable word coming from Italian. The two words are considered Heteronyms in written English only if the accent mark is dropped. Without the accent mark its proper pronunciation must be gleaned from context, often leading to mispronunciation. [1] [2].

Noun

Singular
forte

Plural
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forte ({{{1}}})
  1. A strength or talent.
    He writes respectably, but poetry is not his forte.
  2. The strong part of a sword blade, close to the hilt.
Translations

Etymology 2

From [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] forte (strong).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
forte

Plural
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forte ({{{1}}})
  1. A passage in music to be played loudly; a loud section of music.
    This forte marks the climax of the second movement.

Adjective

forte (comparative fortissimo, superlative fortississimo)

Positive
forte

Comparative
fortissimo

Superlative
fortississimo

  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, unicode character 1D141)
    This passage is forte, then there's a diminuendo to mezzo piano.
Translations

Adverb

forte (comparative fortissimo, superlative fortississimo)

Positive
forte

Comparative
fortissimo

Superlative
fortississimo

  1. (music) loudly
    The musicians played the passage forte.
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References

  • Notes:
  1. ^ The Vocabula Review
  2. ^ grammarerrors.com

Esperanto

Adverb

forte

  1. strongly

French

Adjective

forte f.

  1. Feminine form of fort.

Italian

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:it:Template:lang:la derivations]] fortis

Pronunciation

Adjective

forte m and f (m and f plural forti)

  1. strong
  2. (linguistics) stressed
    vocali forti - stressed vowel

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Latin

Etymology

From the ablative of fōrs (chance, luck)

Adverb

fōrte (not comparable)
  1. by chance, accidentally
  2. once, once upon a time
  3. perhaps, perchance, as luck would have it

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References

  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

Portuguese

Adjective

forte m. and f. (plural fortes)

  1. strong

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