Definition of portfolio noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɔːtˈfəʊliəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrtˈfoʊlioʊ//
    (pl. portfolios) Economy
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  1. 1a thin flat case used for carrying documents, drawings, etc.
  2. 2a collection of photographs, drawings, etc. that you use as an example of your work, especially when applying for a job She spent most of last year getting her portfolio together.
  3. 3(finance) a set of shares owned by a particular person or organization an investment/share portfolio a portfolio manager Wordfinderasset, bond, capital, dividend, equity, fund, interest, invest, portfolio, share See related entries: Economy
  4. 4(formal, especially British English) the particular area of responsibility of a government minister the defence portfolio a ministerial portfolio She resigned her portfolio. He was asked to join as a minister without portfolio(= one without responsibility for a particular government department).
  5. 5the range of products or services offered by a particular company or organization a portfolio of wines
  6. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from Italian portafogli, from portare ‘carry’ + foglio ‘leaf’ (from Latin folium).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: portfolio