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for·te 1

 (fôr′tā′, fôrt)
n.
1. Something in which a person excels: "His forte was in defusing negative rumors before they ever exploded into news accounts" (Jane Mayer).
2. The strong part of a sword blade, between the middle and the hilt.

[French fort, from Old French, strong, from Latin fortis; see fort.]
Usage Note: Forte, meaning "something in which a person excels" can be pronounced with one syllable, like the French word from which it is derived. It can also be pronounced with two syllables (fôr′tā′), which is probably the most common pronunciation in American English and was the choice of 74 percent of the Usage Panel in our 1996 survey. Some people dislike this two-syllable pronunciation, arguing that it properly belongs to the music term forte, which is derived from Italian.

for·te 2

 (fôr′tā′) Music
adv. & adj. Abbr. f
In a loud, forceful manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
n.
A note, passage, or chord played forte.

[Italian, strong, forte, from Latin fortis; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

forte

(fɔːt; ˈfɔːteɪ)
n
1. something at which a person excels; strong point: cooking is my forte.
2. (Fencing) fencing the stronger section of a sword blade, between the hilt and the middle. Compare foible
[C17: from French fort, from fort (adj) strong, from Latin fortis]

forte

(ˈfɔːtɪ) music
adj, adv
(Music, other) loud or loudly. Symbol: f
n
(Music, other) a loud passage in music
[C18: from Italian, from Latin fortis strong]

forte1

(fɔrt, foʊrt or, for 1, ˈfɔr teɪ)

n.
1. a strong point, as of a person; an ability or role in which one excels; specialty.
2. the part of a sword or foil blade between the hilt and the middle.
[1640–50; earlier fort < Middle French (see fort)]
pron: In the sense of a person's strong point (She draws well, but sculpture is her forte), the older, historical pronunciation of forte is with one syllable: (fôrt) or (fōrt). Perhaps owing to confusion with the musical term forte, borrowed from Italian, a two-syllable pronunciation (fôr′tā) is increasingly heard, esp. from educated speakers, and is now also considered standard.

for•te2

(ˈfɔr teɪ)
Music. adj.
1. loud; with force (opposed to piano).
adv.
2. loudly.
n.
3. a passage that is loud and forcible, or is intended to be so.
[1715–25; < Italian < Latin fortis strong]

forte

loudly
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forte - an asset of special worth or utilityforte - an asset of special worth or utility; "cooking is his forte"
asset, plus - a useful or valuable quality
green fingers, green thumb - a special ability to make plants grow
2.forte - (music) loud
loudness, intensity, volume - the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction); "the kids played their music at full volume"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
3.forte - the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible
part, portion - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
sword, steel, blade, brand - a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
Adj.1.forte - used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the forte passages in the composition"
piano, soft - used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the piano passages in the composition"
Adv.1.forte - used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly
piano, softly - used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly

forte

noun speciality, strength, talent, strong point, métier, long suit (informal), gift Originality was never his forte.
failing, defect, shortcoming, imperfection, Achilles heel, weak point, chink in your armour

forte

noun
Something at which a person excels:
Slang: bag, thing.
Translations
сила
fortekovavoimakkaasti

forte

[ˈfɔːtɪ] (US) [fɔːt] N (= strong point) → fuerte m (Mus) → forte m

forte

[ˈfɔːrteɪ ˈfɔːrti] n(point m) fort m

forte

1
n (= strong point)Stärke f, → starke Seite

forte

2 (Mus)
advlaut, forte
adj (= played loudly)laut or forte gespielt; (= sung loudly)laut or forte gesungen

forte

[ˈfɔːtɪ] nforte m
References in classic literature ?
Haley 's a puttin' us in a way of a good job, I reckon; just hold still--these yer arrangements is my forte.
Know, that in the course of your future life you will often find yourself elected the involuntary confidant of your acquaintances' secrets: people will instinctively find out, as I have done, that it is not your forte to tell of yourself, but to listen while others talk of themselves; they will feel, too, that you listen with no malevolent scorn of their indiscretion, but with a kind of innate sympathy; not the less comforting and encouraging because it is very unobtrusive in its manifestations.
Roque turned round at the noise and perceived this comely figure, which drawing near thus addressed him, "I came in quest of thee, valiant Roque, to find in thee if not a remedy at least relief in my misfortune; and not to keep thee in suspense, for I see thou dost not recognise me, I will tell thee who I am; I am Claudia Jeronima, the daughter of Simon Forte, thy good friend, and special enemy of Clauquel Torrellas, who is thine also as being of the faction opposed to thee.
The other was the Marquis de la Maison Forte, captain of a French frigate which had been taken by Commodore Warren's fleet.
The fashions of the day were rapidly running into the attainment of accomplishments among the young of her own sex, and the piano forte was already sending forth its sonorous harmony from one end of the Union to the other, while the glittering usefulness of the tambour-frame was discarded for the pallet and brush.
The way he rolled from a rich deep forte into a melancholy cadence, subsiding, at the end of the last word, into a sort of faint resonance, like the lingering vibrations of a fine violoncello, I can compare to nothing for its strong calm melancholy but the rush and cadence of the wind among the autumn boughs.
In vain my mother assured him she was quite satisfied; and if he would but lay by a little for the children, we should all have plenty, both for time present and to come: but saving was not my father's forte.
Running has never been my particular athletic forte, and now when my very life depended upon fleetness of foot I cannot say that I ran any better than on the occasions when my pitiful base running had called down upon my head the rooter's raucous and reproachful cries of "Ice Wagon," and "Call a cab.
Her forte seemed to be salads, and she astonished him with the deliciousness of a salad made from young bamboo shoots.
You know what my forte is, Gilbert--the fanciful, the fairylike, the pretty.
Well, gentlemen,' said Ralph with a curl of the lip, 'talking in riddles would seem to be the peculiar forte of you two, and I suppose your clerk, like a prudent man, has studied the art also with a view to your good graces.
We have to consider what binds together two simultaneous sensations in one person, or, more generally, any two occurrences which forte part of one experience.