1) N-COUNT A portfolio is a set of pictures by someone, or photographs of examples of their work, which they use when entering competitions or applying for work.

After dinner that evening, Edith showed them a portfolio of her own political cartoons.

2) N-COUNT In finance, a portfolio is the combination of shares or other investments that a particular person or company has.

Short-term securities can also be held as part of an investment portfolio.

...Roger Early, a portfolio manager at Federated Investors Corp.

3) N-COUNT In politics, a portfolio is a minister's responsibility for a particular area of a government's activities.

He has held the defence portfolio since the first free elections in 1990.

PHRASE: minister inflects A minister without portfolio is a politician who is given the rank of minister without being given responsibility for any particular area of a government's activities. [FORMAL]

He was appointed government leader in the senate, and minister without portfolio.

4) N-COUNT A company's portfolio of products or designs is their range of products or designs. [FORMAL]

The company has continued to invest heavily in a strong portfolio of products.


English dictionary. 2008.

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