fold·​er | \ ˈfōl-dər How to pronounce folder (audio) \

Definition of folder

1 : one that folds
2 : a folded printed circular
3a : a folded cover or large envelope for holding or filing loose papers
b : an organizational element of a computer operating system used to group files or other folders together

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Examples of folder in a Sentence

a folder offering tips for heating one's home efficiently
Recent Examples on the Web Click Download and pick a folder on your computer for the files. David Nield, Popular Science, "Move your digital photos between services without losing a pixel," 29 Jan. 2020 Agents also found a folder filled with photos depicting child pornography that Sebastian downloaded and printed from various websites. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "70-year-old Cleveland veteran killed man who took him in off the streets, family says," 27 Jan. 2020 Bolles' prepared typewritten statement to the House Education Committee was found among his files, in a folder that also contained clippings and notes about the pending legislation. Richard Ruelas,, "Don Bolles files: The bill that turned a reporter and father into an advocate for children," 30 Dec. 2019 Now, just a few stacks remain, filled with yellowing paper wedged into blue, red, and manila folders., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 25 Dec. 2019 At some point, the character walked in and took the folder out of my hands. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "John Jeremiah Sullivan on Writing Unconsciously," 23 Dec. 2019 The nonagenarian, whom experts have deemed fit to stand trial, arrived in the courtroom in Hamburg in a wheelchair wearing a wide-brimmed hat and hiding his face with a red folder. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Guard at Nazi concentration camp tried in Germany," 22 Oct. 2019 All future emails from that individual will go straight to the Trash folder. David Nield, Wired, "The MacOS Catalina Privacy and Security Features You Should Know," 13 Oct. 2019 Changes to your downloads folder will sync across all your iCloud devices. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "iOS 13: 13 for how Apple's new software can breathe life into your aging iPhone," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of folder

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of folder was in 1552

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25 Feb 2020

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“Folder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce folder (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of folder

: a folded cover or large envelope for holding documents
: a collection of files or documents that are stored together on a computer


fold·​er | \ ˈfōl-dər How to pronounce folder (audio) \

Kids Definition of folder

1 : a folded cover or large envelope for loose papers a manila folder
2 : a folded printed sheet a travel folder
3 : a part of a computer operating system used to organize files

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