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

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She was seen smiling broadly and shaking hands with South Korean officials before sitting across a table and handing over a purple folder containing the condolence letter. Washington Post, "North Korea’s Kim Jong Un sends his sister and a letter to break the ice with the South after a long silence," 12 June 2019 After sitting at a table, Kim Yo Jong placed a blue document folder in front of her. Foster Klug, Time, "South Korean President Moon Jae-In Has Been Invited for a Meeting in North Korea," 10 Feb. 2018 Parents arrived with folders and grocery bags stuffed with birth certificates, passports, immunization records. Nomaan Merchant,, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018 Consolidate and organize those folders and files cluttering your computer’s desktop as well. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, "7 small business resolutions for 2018," 3 Jan. 2018 In a demo, training an image-recognition algorithm to distinguish different flavors of ice cream was as easy as dragging and dropping a folder containing a few dozen images, and waiting a few seconds. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Apple's Plans to Bring Artificial Intelligence to Your Phone," 6 June 2018 In the body of the email message, instruct the recipients to copy this file into the same folder on their hard drives. Jd Sartain, PCWorld, "How to create and share custom Style Sheets in Word and PowerPoint," 8 Aug. 2018 The wristbands and tickets — worth about $800,000 before they were voided — were tucked into folders containing registration materials, said Katie Otto, development director for the California FFA Foundation. Sonali Kohli,, "Someone stole a trailer full of 8,000 Disney California Adventure tickets," 19 Apr. 2018 Dropbox has since deleted the offending folder and its contents., "It's Illegal, But These Marines Are Still Sharing Nudes Of Women In The Military," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of folder

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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