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portfolio (n.)

1722, porto folio; 1719 as port folio, from Italian portafoglio "a case for carrying loose papers," from porta, imperative of portare "to carry" (from PIE root *per- (2) "to lead, pass over") + foglio "sheet, leaf," from Latin folium (see folio). Meaning "official documents of a state department" is from 1835. A minister without portfolio is one not in charge of a particular department. Meaning "collection of securities held" is from 1930; portfolio investment is from 1955.

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Definitions of portfolio from WordNet

portfolio (n.)
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
portfolio (n.)
a set of pieces of creative work collected to be shown to potential customers or employers;
every actor has a portfolio of photographs
the artist had put together a portfolio of his work
portfolio (n.)
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
portfolio (n.)
the role of the head of a government department;
he holds the portfolio for foreign affairs
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