December 08, 2017
portfolio (noun)
\port-FOH-lee-oh\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : a case for carrying papers or drawings b : a set of drawings, paintings, or photographs that are presented together in a folder2 : 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?
Trey's application to the school of art and design must include a portfolio of his work in at least three different media.
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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