December 06, 2012
portfolio (noun)
\port-FOH-lee-oh\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a case for carrying papers or drawings2 : the office and functions of a minister of state or members of a cabinet3 : the stocks and bonds held by an investor or investment firm
How do you use it?
Zack has put the watercolors and pencil sketches that he has entered in the art school exhibit into a separate portfolio.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these words to do think is related to "portfolio"?

You can carry yourself proudly if you chose A. "Portable" is related to "portfolio" through their common root, "portare," the Latin verb that means "to carry." "Portare" also connects "portfolio" to the words "transport" and "porter." The "folio" in "portfolio" can be traced to the Latin word "folium," meaning "leaf." Besides naming a part of a plant, "leaf" can also refer to a part of a book. In fact, "folio" refers to a leaf or manuscript of a book or to a book itself. It's the plant sense, though, that gives "portfolio" another relative in "foliage," meaning "the mass of leaves of a plant."
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