Pronunciation: (pôrt-fō'lē-ō", pōrt-),[key] —n., —pl.-li•os. 1. a flat, portable case for carrying loose papers, drawings, etc.
2. such a case for carrying documents of a government department.
3. the total holdings of the securities, commercial paper, etc., of a financial institution or private investor.
4. the office or post of a minister of state or member of a cabinet. Cf. minister without portfolio.