Meaning of forte

forte




Forte means an area in which you are strong or good. Having two left feet and no sense of rhythm, dancing would not be considered your forte. Better to impress people with card tricks, if that’s your area of expertise, or your forte.

Your forte is what you would focus on if you decided to enter a talent show. The word forte actually comes from the similar-sounding Latin word fortis, which means “strong.” Romans (and countless groups since) called the big, barricaded structures they built “forts” because they were supposed to stay strong and keep out the hordes of invading barbarians. In music, playing forte means playing loud.

Definitions of forte
  1. noun

    an asset of special worth or utility

    “cooking is his
    forte
    synonyms:

    long suit, metier, speciality, specialty, strength, strong point, strong suit

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    Antonyms:

    weak point

    an attribute that is inadequate or deficient
    types:

    green fingers, green thumb

    a special ability to make plants grow
    type of:

    asset, plus

    a useful or valuable quality

  2. adverb

    used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly

    synonyms:

    loudly

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    Antonyms:

    piano, softly

    used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly

  3. adjective

    used chiefly as a direction or description in music

    “the
    forte passages in the composition”
    synonyms:

    loud

    fortemente

    chiefly a direction or description in music; loud and strong
    fortissimo

    chiefly a direction or description in music
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    Antonyms:

    piano, soft

    used chiefly as a direction or description in music
    pianissimo

    chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
    pianissimo assai

    chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
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  4. noun

    (music) loud

    synonyms:

    fortissimo

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    type of:

    intensity, loudness, volume

    the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

  5. noun

    the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible

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    type of:

    part, portion

    something less than the whole of a human artifact

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