[ fawr-tis-uh-moh; Italian fawr-tees-see-maw ]
/ fɔrˈtɪs əˌmoʊ; Italian fɔrˈtis siˌmɔ /


(a direction) very loud.


(a direction) very loudly.

Origin of fortissimo

1715–25; < Italian; superlative of forte forte2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for fortissimo

British Dictionary definitions for fortissimo

/ (fɔːˈtɪsɪˌməʊ) music /

adjective, adverb

very loudSymbol: ff


a very loud passage in music

Word Origin for fortissimo

C18: from Italian, from Latin fortissimus, from fortis strong
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Cultural definitions for fortissimo

[ (fawr-tis-uh-moh) ]

A musical direction meaning “to be performed very loudly”; the opposite of pianissimo.

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