What does portfolio mean?

Definitions for portfolio
pɔrtˈfoʊ liˌoʊ, poʊrt-port·fo·lio

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. portfolionoun

    a large, flat, thin case for carrying loose papers or drawings or maps; usually leather

    "he remembered her because she was carrying a large portfolio"

  2. portfolionoun

    a set of pieces of creative work collected to be shown to potential customers or employers

    "the artist had put together a portfolio of his work"; "every actor has a portfolio of photographs"

  3. portfolionoun

    a list of the financial assets held by an individual or a bank or other financial institution

    "they were disappointed by the poor returns on their stock portfolio"

  4. portfolionoun

    the role of the head of a government department

    "he holds the portfolio for foreign affairs"


  1. portfolionoun

    A case for carrying papers, drawings, photographs, maps and other flat documents.

  2. portfolionoun

    The collection of such documents, especially the works of an artist or photographer.

  3. portfolionoun

    The post and the responsibilities of a cabinet minister or other head of a government department.

  4. portfolionoun

    The group of investments and other assets held by an investor.

  5. Etymology: From Italian; 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.


  1. portfolio

    A portfolio is a collection or compilation of works, projects, or investments an individual, company or institution holds. In finance, it may refer to the group of investments and assets held by an individual or institution. In the creative industry, it could refer to a selection of an artist's work used to display talent and capabilities. It is generally used to showcase the quality or effectiveness of previous work for potential projects or investment opportunities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portfolionoun

    a portable case for holding loose papers, prints, drawings, etc

  2. Portfolionoun

    hence: The office and functions of a minister of state or member of the cabinet; as, to receive the portfolio of war; to resign the portfolio

  3. Etymology: [F. portefeuille; porter to carry + feuille a leaf. See Port to carry, and Folio.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Portfolio

    pōrt-fō′li-ō, n. a portable case for loose papers, drawings, &c.: a collection of such papers: the office of a minister of state. [Sp. portafolio—L. portāre, to carry, folium, a leaf.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. portfolio

    A portable case for keeping loose papers in. Hence, also, the office and functions of a minister of state or member of the cabinet; as, to receive the portfolio of war.

Editors Contribution

  1. portfolio

    The accurate, specific and defined business, company, enterprise or organizational role, responsibilities, budget, goals, legislation, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, rules, strategy, structures, systems and vision assigned to a director or team of directors to lead, manage, control, update, review and report updates monthly to the director meetings.

    The business portfolio is managed by the Managing Director and other directors have responsibility and accountability for various facets of the business.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 14, 2020  

  2. portfolio

    The accurate, specific and defined unity government department, role, responsibilities, budget, goals, law, legislation, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, rules, strategy, structures, systems, vision and treaties assigned to a member of a unity government cabinet to lead, manage, control, update, review and report updates monthly to the unity government cabinet.

    The member of unity goverment cabinet portfolio did include many facets.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 10, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'portfolio' in Nouns Frequency: #1888

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of portfolio in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of portfolio in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of portfolio in a Sentence

  1. Link Starbureiy:

    I wanted a name history would remember when I had created the greatest portfolio of all-time.

  2. Kelly Loeffler:

    This is a ridiculous and baseless attack. I do not make investment decisions for my portfolio. Investment decisions are made by multiple third-party advisors without my or my husbands knowledge or involvement, as confirmed in the periodic transaction report to Senate Ethics, I was informed of these purchases and sales on February 16, 2020 three weeks after they were made.

  3. Chris Santaella:

    Nike will continue to lead our brand portfolio and be 55% to 60% of our mix.

  4. Bill Gross:

    Zero destroys existing business models such as life insurance company balance sheets and pension funds, which in turn are expected to use the proceeds to pay benefits for an aging boomer society, these assumed liabilities were based on the assumption that a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds would return 7-8 percent over the long term.

  5. Chairman Fernando Abril-Martorell:

    We need to cut costs, simplify our structure, improve procedures and approach, and all of that while investing in improving and expanding our services, growth has been driven by services with little added value and we still have a portfolio of projects that is very broad and jumbled.

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  • محفظةArabic
  • MappeGerman
  • χαρτοφυλάκιο, υπουργείο, χαρτοφύλακας, δείγμα εργασίαςGreek
  • cartera, cartera de inversiones, portafolio, carpeta de trabajos, portafoliosSpanish
  • نمونه کارهاPersian
  • arvopaperisalkku, portfolio, osakesalkku, ministerinsalkku, salkkuFinnish
  • portfolio, portefeuilleFrench
  • पोर्टफोलियोHindi
  • mappa, irattáska, tárca, aktatáska, portfólióHungarian
  • portafoglio, cartellaItalian
  • ಬಂಡವಾಳKannada
  • 포트폴리오Korean
  • PortfolioLatin
  • portefeuilleDutch
  • porteføljeNorwegian
  • портфе́льRussian
  • portföljSwedish
  • போர்ட்ஃபோலியோTamil
  • แฟ้มสะสมผลงานThai
  • پورٹ فولیوUrdu
  • 投资组合Chinese

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