Definition of portfolio in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɔːtˈfəʊlɪəʊ/

noun (plural portfolios)

1A large, thin, flat case for loose sheets of paper such as drawings or maps: under his arm he carried a large portfolio of drawings
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  • Then she started picking up folders, portfolios, drawings, papers, everything important that she could find and locked it in her cabinet.
  • His fingers lost their iron grip, and the portfolio with the drawing paper fell to the ground, with my portrait landing at my feet.
  • I took my favorite drawings out of the portfolio and hung them as well.
1.1A set of pieces of creative work intended to demonstrate a person’s ability to a potential employer: she had a portfolio of crayon portraits
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  • Part of their course work involves creating actual marketing pieces for their portfolios.
  • Since earning her graduate degree from Yale only two years ago, Katy Grannan has compiled an impressive portfolio of portraits.
  • In the midst of this fabulous display the patron and other gentlemen examine a portfolio while a young art student draws from the assembled works.
1.2A varied set of photographs of a model or actor intended to be shown to a potential employer: entrants must not have done any professional modelling or have an existing portfolio
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  • Mark then started hiring models from agencies to photograph for his own portfolio.
  • The others are more general, and all of them are interspersed with portfolios of photographs by various photographers.
  • We pay for our own photographs for our portfolios, and then for the hours and hours we need to be just available.
2A range of investments held by a person or organization: a portfolio of insured municipal securities
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  • Dividend reinvestment plans, or DRIPs, allow investors to build investment portfolios by reinvesting dividends into more shares.
  • I used to have a fair portion of my investment portfolio allocated to bonds.
  • To be sure, much global finance reflects growing investment portfolios, some doubtless with a speculative component.
2.1A range of products or services offered by an organization: an unrivalled portfolio of quality brands
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  • I liaise with end-users, resellers and partners to see how we can improve our portfolio of products and services.
  • He added that the assurance that the enlarged portfolio of products and services and access to a broader target market base will offer growth opportunities to all investors.
  • And, we have a common commitment to deliver integrated solutions, open systems and architecture, and the broadest portfolio of products and services.
3 [as modifier] Denoting or engaged in an employment pattern which involves a succession of short-term contracts and part-time work, rather than the more traditional model of a single job for life: portfolio careers allow women to balance work with family
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  • The other term I coined a few years ago was portfolio career - portfolio jobs and portfolio workers - and that seems to have become accepted as a respectable thing to be.
  • Many doctors have portfolio careers - for example, having a post in general practice and in a hospital.
  • In the era of downsizing and portfolio careers, work no longer provides a secure economic or social identity.
4The position and duties of a Minister or Secretary of State: he took on the Foreign Affairs portfolio
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  • However, he has been retained as a Cabinet minister without a portfolio.
  • Some Cabinet ministers whose portfolios are related to the forum's subject did not attend the meeting.
  • Timbul was given a position without a portfolio as an expert staff assigned to the minister.


Early 18th century: from Italian portafogli, from portare 'carry' + foglio 'leaf' (from Latin folium).

Words that rhyme with portfolio

folio, imbroglio, olio, polio

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