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Definition of fortepiano noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fortepiano

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌfɔːteɪˈpjɑːnəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɔːrteɪˈpjɑːnoʊ//
 
; BrE BrE//ˌfɔːteɪˈpjænəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɔːrteɪˈpjænoʊ//
 
(pl. fortepianos)
 
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a type of piano made in the 18th and early 19th centuries Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from forte ‘loud’ + piano ‘soft’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fortepiano