rt-) KEY NOUN: pl. port·fo·li·os
- A portable case for holding material, such as loose papers, photographs, or drawings.
- The materials collected in such a case, especially when representative of a person's work: a photographer's portfolio; an artist's portfolio of drawings.
- The office or post of a cabinet member or minister of state.
- A group of investments held by an investor, investment company, or financial institution.
, from portare
, to carry
(from Latin portre
; see per-2
in Indo-European roots) + foglio
(from Latin folium
; see bhel-3
in Indo-European roots)