Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb & adjective In a very loud manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
  • noun A note, chord, or passage played fortissimo.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In music, very loud: noting a passage that is intended to be so rendered. Abbreviated ff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb (Mus.) Very loud; with the utmost strength or loudness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective comparative form of forte: more forte
  • adverb comparative form of forte: more forte
  • adverb music The musical term indicating that the piece is played very loud.
  • noun music The dynamic sign indicating that the piece should be played fortissimo. Abbreviation: ff.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective chiefly a direction or description in music
  • adverb a direction in music; to be played very loudly
  • noun (music) loud

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian, superlative of forte, strong; see forte.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Borrowing from Italian fortissimo.

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