The definition of forte is an area of expertise or the thing which a person does very well.(noun)
An example of forte is skiing for an Olympic skier.
See forte in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr, fem. of fort, replacing ME, strength < OFr: see fort
Origin: It < L fortis, strong: see fort
See forte in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: French fort
Origin: , from Old French, strong
Origin: , from Latin fortis; see fort. Usage Note: The word forte, coming from French fort, should properly be pronounced with one syllable, like the English word fort. Common usage, however, prefers the two-syllable pronunciation, (fôrˈtāˌ), which has been influenced possibly by the music term forte borrowed from Italian. In a recent survey a strong majority of the Usage Panel, 74 percent, preferred the two-syllable pronunciation. The result is a delicate situation; speakers who are aware of the origin of the word may wish to continue to pronounce it as one syllable but at an increasing risk of puzzling their listeners.
adverb & adj. Abbr. f
Origin: Italian, strong, forte
Origin: , from Latin fortis; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
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