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portfolio

[pawrt-foh-lee-oh, pohrt-] /pɔrtˈfoʊ liˌoʊ, poʊrt-/
noun, plural portfolios.
1.
a flat, portable case for carrying loose papers, drawings, etc.
2.
such a case for carrying documents of a government department.
3.
the total holdings of the securities, commercial paper, etc., of a financial institution or private investor.
4.
the office or post of a minister of state or member of a cabinet.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian portafoglio, equivalent to porta-, stem of portare to carry (< Latin portāre) + foglio leaf, sheet (< Latin folium; see foil2)
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Examples for portfolio
  • Yes, I was told that as well - start a teaching portfolio and keep adding to it.
  • Judging by this score, however, the asset managers in our quarterly portfolio poll do not appear to have lost their nerve.
  • What makes this portfolio special to you? Any advice for aspiring photojournalists?
  • Balinese traditions and landscapes come alive in this picture portfolio.
  • But the company is also expanding its portfolio to include high-end printing.
  • Many brokers recommend having a rental portfolio ready to hand to a landlord.
  • Also, in my creative writing classes I very much liked the usage of a portfolio.
  • It has banking assets of $270 billion and has amassed an impressive portfolio of stakes in top French companies.
  • The party has long held the transport portfolio, giving it oversight of the port.
  • We used the line of credit from our homes and a portfolio of real estate investments and other holdings to finance the purchase.
British Dictionary definitions for portfolio

portfolio

/pɔːtˈfəʊlɪəʊ/
noun (pl) -os
1.
a flat case, esp of leather, used for carrying maps, drawings, etc
2.
the contents of such a case, such as drawings, paintings, or photographs, that demonstrate recent work an art student's portfolio
3.
such a case used for carrying ministerial or state papers
4.
the responsibilities or role of the head of a government department the portfolio for foreign affairs
5.
Minister without portfolio, a cabinet minister who is not responsible for any government department
6.
the complete investments held by an individual investor or by a financial organization
Word Origin
C18: from Italian portafoglio, from portāre to carry + foglio leaf, paper, from Latin folium leaf
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Word Origin and History for portfolio
portfolio
1722, from It. portafoglio "a case for carrying loose papers," from porta, imperative of portare "to carry" (see port (1)) + foglio "sheet, leaf," from L. folium (see folio). Meaning "collection of securities held" is from 1930.
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