[[t]fɔrt, foʊrt[/t]] or, for 1, [[t]ˈfɔr teɪ[/t]]
1) a strong point, as of a person; an ability or role in which one excels; specialty
2) her the part of a sword or foil blade between the hilt and the middle
Etymology: 1640–50; earlier fort < MF (see fort) pron: In the sense of a person's strong point (She draws well, but sculpture is her forte), the older, historical pronunciation of forte is with one syllable: (fôrt) or (fōrt). Perhaps owing to confusion with the musical term forte, borrowed from Italian, a two-syllable pronunciation (fôr′tā) is increasingly heard, esp. from educated speakers, and is now also considered standard. II
[[t]ˈfɔr teɪ[/t]] mus
1) mad loud; with force
(opposed to piano).
2) mad loudly
3) mad a passage that is loud and forcible, or is intended to be so
Etymology: 1715–25; < It < L fortis strong

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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