forte

Forte means an area in which you are strong or good. Having two left feet and no sense of rhythm, dancing would not be considered your forte. Better to impress people with card tricks, if that's your area of expertise, or your forte.

Your forte is what you would focus on if you decided to enter a talent show. The word forte actually comes from the similar-sounding Latin word fortis, which means "strong." Romans (and countless groups since) called the big, barricaded structures they built "forts" because they were supposed to stay strong and keep out the hordes of invading barbarians. In music, playing forte means playing loud.

Primary Meanings of forte

1.
n
an asset of special worth or utility
2.
advadjn
used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly
used chiefly as a direction or description in music
(music) loud
3.
n
the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible
Full Definitions of forte
1

n an asset of special worth or utility

“cooking is his forte
Synonyms:
long suit, metier, speciality, specialty, strength, strong point, strong suit
Antonyms:
weak point
an attribute that is inadequate or deficient
Types:
green fingers, green thumb
a special ability to make plants grow
Type of:
asset, plus
a useful or valuable quality
2

adv used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly

Synonyms:
loudly
Antonyms:
piano, softly
used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly

adj used chiefly as a direction or description in music

“the forte passages in the composition”
Synonyms:
loud
fortemente
chiefly a direction or description in music; loud and strong
fortissimo
chiefly a direction or description in music
Antonyms:
piano, soft
used chiefly as a direction or description in music
pianissimo
chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
pianissimo assai
chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
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n (music) loud

Synonyms:
fortissimo
Type of:
intensity, loudness, volume
the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
3

n the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible

Type of:
part, portion
something less than the whole of a human artifact

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