2 [fawr-tey; Italian fawr-te] . Music.
(a direction in a musical score or part) loud; with force (opposed to piano ).
(a direction in a musical score or part) loudly.
a passage that is loud and played with force or is marked to be so. Abbr.: f

1715–25; < Italian < Latin fortis strong Unabridged
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forte1 (fɔːt, ˈfɔːteɪ)
1.  something at which a person excels; strong point: cooking is my forte
2.  fencing Compare foible the stronger section of a sword blade, between the hilt and the middle
[C17: from French fort, from fort (adj) strong, from Latin fortis]

forte2 (ˈfɔːtɪ)
adj, —adv
1.  f loud or loudly
2.  a loud passage in music
[C18: from Italian, from Latin fortis strong]

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Word Origin & History

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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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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