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[fawr-tey; Italian fawr-te] /ˈfɔr teɪ; Italian ˈfɔr tɛ/
adjective
1.
(a direction in a musical score or part) loud; with force (opposed to piano).
adverb
2.
(a direction in a musical score or part) loudly.
noun
3.
a passage that is loud and played with force or is marked to be so. Abbr.: f.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian < Latin fortis strong
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British Dictionary definitions for fortest

forte1

/fɔːt; ˈfɔːteɪ/
noun
1.
something at which a person excels; strong point cooking is my forte
2.
(fencing) the stronger section of a sword blade, between the hilt and the middle Compare foible
Word Origin
C17: from French fort, from fort (adj) strong, from Latin fortis

forte2

/ˈfɔːtɪ/
adjective, adverb
1.
loud or loudly f
noun
2.
a loud passage in music
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from Latin fortis strong
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Word Origin and History for fortest
forte
1640s, from Fr. fort "strong point (of a sword blade)," also "fort," from M.Fr. fort (see fort); final -e- added 18c. in imitation of It. forte "strong." Meaning "strong point of a person" is from 1680s.
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fortest in Culture
forte [(fawr-tay)]

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

Note: The common keyboard instrument the pianoforte (“piano” for short) got its name because it could play both soft and loud notes.
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