n. pl. port·fo·li·os
1. A portable case for holding material, such as loose papers, photographs, or drawings.
2. A collection of works or documents that are representative of a person's skills and accomplishments: a photographer's portfolio; an artist's portfolio of drawings.
3. The office or post of a cabinet member or minister of state.
4. A group of investments held by an investor, investment company, or financial institution.
[Italian portafoglio : portare, to carry (from Latin portāre; see per-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + foglio, sheet (from Latin folium, leaf; see bhel-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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