portfolio

A portfolio is a large, flat briefcase used to hold papers and other loose materials, like maps or artwork. A portfolio is usually used to transport important documents, like examples of your graphic design work if you’re an artist.

The noun portfolio has its roots in the similarly-sounding Latin portafoglio “a case for carrying loose papers.” Notice, within that word, two other words — there’s porta, meaning “carry,” and foglio, meaning “sheet, leaf.” In English, think portable folio, or papers that can be carried. Also, portfolio can refer to the duties of a government official or the collection of investments held by a financial company.

Primary Meanings of portfolio

1.
n
a large, flat, thin case for carrying loose papers or drawings or maps; usually leather
2.
n
the role of the head of a government department
3.
n
a list of the financial assets held by an individual or a bank or other financial institution
Full Definitions of portfolio
1

n a large, flat, thin case for carrying loose papers or drawings or maps; usually leather

“he remembered her because she was carrying a large portfolio
Type of:
case
a portable container for carrying several objects

n a set of pieces of creative work collected to be shown to potential customers or employers

“the artist had put together a portfolio of his work”
“every actor has a portfolio of photographs”
Type of:
set
a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
2

n the role of the head of a government department

“he holds the portfolio for foreign affairs”
Type of:
function, office, part, role
the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
3

n a list of the financial assets held by an individual or a bank or other financial institution

“they were disappointed by the poor returns on their stock portfolio
Type of:
list, listing
a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)

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