portfolio etymology

English word portfolio comes from Italian porta-, Italian portare, English foglio

Detailed word origin of portfolio

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
porta- Italian (ita) Used to form nouns describing objects that carry, contain or secure something.
portare Italian (ita) (transitive) to bring, fetch, take, carry. (transitive) to have, bear. (transitive) to lead, drive. (transitive) to wear. (transitive, of feelings) to bear, feel, nourish.
foglio English (eng)
portafoglio Italian (ita) Portfolio (post of a cabinet minister; group of assets hold by an investor). Wallet, billfold.
portfolio English (eng) (business) A collection of assets generally.. (politics) The post and the responsibilities of a cabinet minister or other head of a government department. [from 1930s]. (by extension) The collection of such documents, especially the works of an artist or photographer.. (finance) The group of investments and other assets held by an investor. [from 1950s]. A case for carrying papers, drawings, [...]