- The definition of forte is an area of expertise or the thing which a person does very well.
An example of forte is skiing for an Olympic skier.
- the strongest part of the blade of a sword, between the middle and the hilt
- a thing that a person does particularly well; special accomplishment or strong point
Origin: French feminine of fort, replacing Middle English strength ; from OFr: see fort
Origin: Italian ; from Classical Latin fortis, strong: see fort
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- Something in which a person excels.
- The strong part of a sword blade, between the middle and the hilt.
Origin: French fort, from Old French, strong, 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.
Musicadverb & adj. Abbr. f
Origin: Italian, strong, forte, from Latin fortis; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
forte - Computer Definition
An application development system for enterprise client/server environments from Sun. It was folded into the Sun Studio compiler and tool suite, which is based on the open source Netbeans IDE. Introduced in 1994, Forte was created as a repository-driven system that supports Windows, Mac and Motif clients and all the major Unix servers as well as VMS. It supports Oracle, Sybase and Rdb databases and provides partitioning for creating three-tier applications. Testing and debugging is done in an interpreted mode while production programs are compiled into C++ code. Forte was developed by Forte Software, which was acquired by Sun in 1999. See NetBeans.
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