American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A portable case for holding material, such as loose papers, photographs, or drawings.
- n. The materials collected in such a case, especially when representative of a person's work: a photographer's portfolio; an artist's portfolio of drawings.
- n. The office or post of a cabinet member or minister of state.
- n. A group of investments held by an investor, investment company, or financial institution.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A movable receptacle for detached papers or prints, usually in the form of complete book-cover with a flexible back, and fastened with strings or clasps.
- n. Figuratively, the office of a minister of state: as, he holds the portfolio of education (that is, he has charge of the documents, etc., connected with that department); he has received the portfolio of the home department.
- n. A case for carrying papers, drawings, photographs, maps and other flat documents.
- n. The collection of such documents, especially the works of an artist or photographer.
- n. politics The post and the responsibilities of a cabinet minister or other head of a government department.
- n. The group of investments and other assets held by an investor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A portable case for holding loose papers, prints, drawings, etc.
- n. Hence: The office and functions of a minister of state or member of the cabinet
- n. a list of the financial assets held by an individual or a bank or other financial institution
- n. the role of the head of a government department
- n. a large, flat, thin case for carrying loose papers or drawings or maps; usually leather
- n. a set of pieces of creative work collected to be shown to potential customers or employers
- From Italian portafoglio; cognate with the French portefeuille ("folder, wallet"), from the Latin verb portare ("to carry") and folium ("sheet"). The meaning "collection of responsibilities" came by extension in the 1930s. (Wiktionary)
- Italian portafoglio : porta-, from portare, to carry, from Latin portāre; see per-2 in Indo-European roots + foglio, sheet (from Latin folium, leaf; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term portfolio management refers to any strategy that protects profits, creates a range of choices, or reduces market risks.”
“Steve, another product area just as another example, current limit switches, we have done a very good job of expanding our product into what we call portfolio which is described as a part that can go into many applications, many customers, and the current limit switch line has grown significantly going after.”
“Paying 1.5% or so on such a portfolio is then a small price to pay.”
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“The highly complementary nature of these two parts of our portfolio is at the heart of our competitive advantage.”
“Building a portfolio is an important step in becoming a successful writer.”
“I think adding a little breadth to your portfolio is a good thing, even if it means more work for a while.”
“Contemplating the thoughts I shared with you two weeks ago, I started to wonder which would have a greater effect on ROI, how well you are allocated across broad media types (what I called portfolio management), versus how well you execute within each of those media types.”
“Now that's what I call a portfolio," you may mutter.”
“We have a term portfolio of new designs for women, men and children, a shoe for every occasion, a shoe for every youth.”
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