Origin of forte1
- "[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)
—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.
Definition for forte (2 of 2)
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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?|Kevin Fallon|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marina Watts|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If fashion is more your forte, there are even pieces of haute couture and sportswear in the show.
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|Victoria Kezra|August 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Michelle Cottle|June 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I did'nt know my forte lay that way, till persuaded by this experienced stager.Wild Oats|John O'Keeffe
Candle-ends and cold mutton would doubtless be her forte, an economical washing-bill her strong point.The Bertrams|Anthony Trollope
I am now certain that my forte is not to go on exploring expeditions.The Letters of William James, Vol. 1|William James
"To say the least, secrecy is not Nick's forte," I answered, catching her mood.The Crossing|Winston Churchill
But he wrote me a note next day, saying he thought teaching was not my forte, and perhaps I would like visiting better.The Merryweathers|Laura E. Richards
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Word Origin for forte
British Dictionary definitions for forte (2 of 2)
Word Origin for forte
Culture definitions for forte
A musical direction meaning “to be performed loudly”; the opposite of piano.