Skip to main content
Select Source:

portfolio

port·fo·li·o / pôrtˈfōlēˌō/ • n. (pl. -os) 1. a large, thin, flat case for loose sheets of paper such as drawings or maps. ∎  a set of pieces of creative work collected by someone to display their skills, esp. to a potential employer. ∎  a varied set of photographs of a model or actor intended to be shown to a potential employer. 2. a range of investments held by a person or organization: better returns on its investment portfolio. ∎  a range of products or services offered by an organization, esp. when considered as a business asset: an unrivaled portfolio of quality brands. 3. the position and duties of a minister of state or a member of a cabinet: he took on the Foreign Affairs portfolio. • adj. relating to, denoting, or engaged in an employment pattern that involves a succession of short-term contracts and part-time work, rather than the more traditional model of a long-term single job: portfolio careers allow women to balance work with family.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"portfolio." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. 21 Nov. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"portfolio." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. (November 21, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/portfolio-0

"portfolio." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Retrieved November 21, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/portfolio-0

portfolio

portfolio case for keeping papers XVIII; such a case for state documents, (hence) office of a minister of state XIX. Earlier porto folio, portefolio — It. portafogli, f. porta, imper. of portare = F. porter carry (see PORT3) + fogli, pl. of foglio = OF. foil leaf, FOIL2; alt. by assim. to F. portefeuille.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"portfolio." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. 21 Nov. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"portfolio." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. (November 21, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/portfolio-1

"portfolio." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Retrieved November 21, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/portfolio-1

Portfolio

Portfolio

a large recepticle or case; a list of securities held by a financial institution, company, or individual.

Examples : portfolio of brokersLipton, 1970; of choice original designs, 1794; of drawings, 1807; of stocks and shares.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Portfolio." Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. . Encyclopedia.com. 21 Nov. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Portfolio." Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. . Encyclopedia.com. (November 21, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/education/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/portfolio

"Portfolio." Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. . Retrieved November 21, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/education/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/portfolio

portfolio

portfolio •Cleo • Carpaccio • Boccaccio •capriccio • braggadocio • Palladio •cardio • radio • video • audio • rodeo •studio •Caravaggio, DiMaggio •adagio •arpeggio, Correggio •Sergio • radicchio • Tokyo • intaglio •seraglio •billy-o, punctilio •folio, imbroglio, olio, polio, portfolio •cameo • Romeo •Borneo, Tornio •Antonio • Scipio • Scorpio •barrio, Mario •impresario, Lothario, Polisario, Rosario, scenario •stereo • embryo •Blériot, Ontario •vireo • Florio •oratorio, Oreo •curio • Ajaccio • Lazio • nuncio •pistachio •fellatio, Horatio, ratio •ab initio, ex officio •patio • Subbuteo • physio

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"portfolio." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Encyclopedia.com. 21 Nov. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"portfolio." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Encyclopedia.com. (November 21, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/portfolio

"portfolio." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Retrieved November 21, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/portfolio