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 Most computer operating systems include tools for locking folders, and commercial encryption programs are another option. New York Times, "How to Digitize Your Most Important Documents," 1 Apr. 2020 For families, one of the following items must be provided for each child: Social Security card, birth certificate, WIC folder, school report card, ForwardHealth card. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where do you go if you can't afford food? Here's a list of Milwaukee area schools, pantries and more," 25 Mar. 2020 The folder, containing more than 300 pages of depositions, public records requests and court filings, has been sitting on the top shelf in my office for more than two years. Nick Talbot,, "Talbot: Jett Duffey incidents at Texas Tech show universities still have long way to go on sexual assault," 7 Feb. 2020 The officer leaned over and snapped a picture of an address in one of her folders, ready for his next job. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "They Loan You Money. Then They Get a Warrant for Your Arrest.," 3 Dec. 2019 One of the first things Boustead instructs clients to do is to create a folder or file with all important financial documents such as insurance policies and investment accounts. Tamara Holmes, USA TODAY, "Are you prepared to hand over your finances to someone in an emergency?," 20 Mar. 2020 Parents were told to download education and reading apps and were given links to folders with slide presentations, video recordings, online meetings and numerous worksheets. Serena Ng, WSJ, "How One Family Is Dealing With Life, Disrupted," 12 Mar. 2020 Add pages by pasting URLs or by right-clicking on the sites themselves, and nest groups of links in folders (for work or hobbies, for example). David Nield, Popular Science, "Twelve ways to make your new browser tabs more exciting," 10 Feb. 2020 Ultimately real transformation of medical practice may require an entirely new kind of EHR, one that is not simply a digital file folder. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "Can AI Fix Electronic Medical Records?," 1 Feb. 2020

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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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7 Apr 2020

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“Folder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 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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