mezzo forte

[ fawr-tey ]
/ ˈfɔr teɪ /

adverb, adjective Music.

somewhat softer than forte but louder than piano; moderately loud.

Origin of mezzo forte

1805–15; < Italian: literally, half loud
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Examples from the Web for mezzo forte

  • Infinite shadings are to be heard where before were only piano, forte, and mezzo-forte.

    Franz Liszt|James Huneker