Dictionary.com

fortis

[ fawr-tis ]
/ ˈfɔr tɪs /
Phonetics
Save This Word!

adjective
pronounced with considerable muscular tension and breath pressure, resulting in a strong fricative or explosive sound. In stressed position (p, t, k, ch, f, th, s, sh) and sometimes (h) are fortis in English as compared with (b, d, g, j, v, th̸, z, and zh), which are lenis.Compare lenis.
noun, plural for·tes [fawr-teez]. /ˈfɔr tiz/.
a fortis consonant.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of fortis

1905–10; <Latin: strong, powerful, firm
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use fortis in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fortis

fortis
/ (ˈfɔːtɪs) phonetics /

adjective
(of a consonant) articulated with considerable muscular tension of the speech organs or with a great deal of breath pressure or plosion
noun plural -tes (-tiːz)
a consonant, such as English p or f, pronounced with considerable muscular force or breath pressure
Compare lenis

Word Origin for fortis

Latin: strong
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK