- a person's strong suit, or most highly developed characteristic, talent, or skill; something that one excels in: I don't know what her forte is, but it's not music.
- the stronger part of a sword blade, between the middle and the hilt (opposed to foible).
Origin of forte1
—FORTE: An acronym for Fast On-orbit Rapid Recording of Transient Events, FORTE is a lightweight satellite orbiting earth since August 1997. It is the first satellite made of an all-composite structure, and was designed to test new technologies for monitoring compliance with arms control treaties.
—Forte: A character in the 1997 animated film Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. The actor Tim Curry provided the voice for Forte, who is a pipe organ.
—Kia Forte: A compact car manufactured by Kia Motors since 2008 and marketed worldwide.
- (a direction in a musical score or part) loud; with force (opposed to piano).
- (a direction in a musical score or part) loudly.
- a passage that is loud and played with force or is marked to be so. Abbreviation: f
Origin of forte2
- "[George B.] McClellan is an intelligent engineer and officer, but not a commander to lead a great army in the field. To attack or advance with energy and power is not in him; to fight is not his forte."-Gideon Welles, from his diary entry for September 3, 1862 by Henry Steele Commager The Blue and the Gray: The Story of the Civil War as told by participants, Volumes 1-2 (1982)
- "Who was he kidding? It wasn't his forte. He had no forte. That was his forte."-Stanley Elkin The Guest Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers (1965)
- "Elegance, oratory, and women are his forte."-Luis Rafael Sánchez transl. by Gregory Rabassa Macho Camacho's Beat (2001)
- "[B]e sure to hold the sword comfortably in front of you with the forte (not the hilt) guarding your head."-Richard Lane Swashbuckling: a step-by-step guide to the art of stage combat and theatrical swordplay (1999)
Examples from the Web for forte
The next morning, guests boarded private jets to Florence for the ceremony at the Forte di Belvedere, rented for a cool $400,000.Which of Kim Kardashian’s Weddings Was More Ridiculous?
May 27, 2014
Mumford Sons, “Hopeless Wanderer” That one time Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis had a jam session.Andrew Garfield in ‘We Exist’ and More Celebrities in Music Videos
May 18, 2014
If fashion is more your forte, there are even pieces of haute couture and sportswear in the show.The World's Most Tech-Savvy Art
October 24, 2013
Then, he engages in a full-on make-out session with his former SNL compadre Will Forte, sporting a bushy beard.Mumford & Sons’ Hilarious Parody Video, Featuring Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and More
August 6, 2013
Her forte has long been a kind of easy, content-free populism aimed squarely at the lizard brain of the GOP base.Palin Takes On ‘Amnesty Bill,’ Rallies Her Mama Grizzlies
June 25, 2013
His forte was not in public speaking, but he hoped they would take the will for the deed.Explorations in Australia
The leader could not understand me, and kept on yelling "Forte, Forte."Melomaniacs
How shall I acknowledge it—equestrianism was never my forte.The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete
Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
Whatever the British Officer may be his forte has never lain in his acting.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
He is in the household of King Leopold, and his forte is dressing the table!'Tancred
- something at which a person excels; strong pointcooking is my forte
- fencing the stronger section of a sword blade, between the hilt and the middleCompare foible
- loud or loudlySymbol: f
- a loud passage in music
Word Origin and History for forte
1640s, from French fort "strong point (of a sword blade)," also "fort," from Middle French fort (see fort). Meaning "strong point of a person" is from 1680s. Final -e- added 18c. in imitation of Italian forte "strong."
music instruction, "loud, loudly," from Italian forte, literally "strong," from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort).
A musical direction meaning “to be performed loudly”; the opposite of piano.