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Topic: FINANCE

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Italian
Origin: portafoglio, from portare 'to carry' + foglio 'leaf, sheet'

portfolio

noun
     
port‧fo‧li‧o plural portfolios [countable]
1D a large flat case used especially for carrying pictures, documents etc
2AV a set of pictures or other pieces of work that an artist, photographer etc has done:
You'll need to prepare a portfolio of your work.
3BF a group of stocks owned by a particular person or company:
an investment portfolio
4 British EnglishPG the work that a particular government official is responsible for:
the foreign affairs portfolio
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