portfolio

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noun port·fo·lio \pȯrt-ˈfō-lē-ˌō\

Definition of portfolio

plural

portfolios

  1. 1 :  a hinged cover or flexible case for carrying loose papers, pictures, or pamphlets

  2. 2 [from the use of such a case to carry documents of state] :  the office and functions of a minister of state or member of a cabinet

  3. 3 :  the securities held by an investor :  the commercial paper held by a financial house (as a bank)

  4. 4 :  a set of pictures (as drawings or photographs) usually bound in book form or loose in a folder

  5. 5 :  a selection of a student's work (as papers and tests) compiled over a period of time and used for assessing performance or progress

Did You Know?

Portfolio is partly based on the Latin folium, meaning "leaf, sheet". A portfolio usually represents a portable showcase of your talents. Today actual portfolios are used less than they used to be by artists, since most commercial artists have a Web site dedicated to showing off their art. But portfolio in its other common meaning is extremely common. Not so long ago, a broker would keep each of his or her clients' investments in a separate notebook or portfolio. Today the investment portfolio, like an artist's portfolio, usually takes the form of a Web page, even though everyone still uses the same old word.

Origin and Etymology of portfolio

Italian portafoglio, from portare to carry (from Latin) + foglio leaf, sheet, from Latin folium — more at blade


First Known Use: 1713


PORTFOLIO Defined for English Language Learners

portfolio

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noun port·fo·lio \pȯrt-ˈfō-lē-ˌō\

Definition of portfolio for English Language Learners

  • : a flat case for carrying documents or drawings

  • : a set of drawings, paintings, or photographs that are presented together in a folder

  • finance : the investments that are owned by a person or organization


PORTFOLIO Defined for Kids

portfolio

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noun port·fo·lio \pȯrt-ˈfō-lē-ˌō\

Definition of portfolio for Students

plural

portfolios

  1. 1 :  a flat case for carrying papers or drawings

  2. 2 :  a collection of art (as paintings) presented together in a folder


Law Dictionary

portfolio

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noun port·fo·lio \pōrt-ˈfō-lē-ō\

Legal Definition of portfolio

  1. :  the securities held by an investor :  the commercial paper held by a financial institution (as a bank)



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