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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.

Definitions of portfolio
  1. noun
    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
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    type of:
    case
    a portable container for carrying several objects
  2. noun
    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”
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    type of:
    set
    a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
  3. noun
    the role of the head of a government department
    “he holds the portfolio for foreign affairs”
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    type of:
    function, office, part, role
    the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
  4. noun
    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
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    type of:
    list, listing
    a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
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