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  1. a person or thing that folds.
  2. a printed sheet, as a circular or timetable, folded into a number of usually pagelike sections.
  3. a folded sheet of light cardboard used to cover or hold papers, letters, etc., as in a file.
  4. Computers. directory(def 4a).
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Origin of folder

First recorded in 1545–55; fold1 + -er1
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  • "Pardon," said the guard to me, "but I see no harm," and he handed her the folder.

  • Daniel Stern slapped a folder down on his desk and got to his feet.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole

  • "Friend of mine," Ringg said, and Bart proffered his folder.

    The Colors of Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • Which is how I happen to spot this folder with the halftone cut on it.

  • Her folder was full of notations by case worker after case worker.


    Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)

British Dictionary definitions for folder


  1. a binder or file for holding loose papers, etc
  2. a folded circular
  3. a machine for folding printed sheets
  4. a person or thing that folds
  5. computing another name for directory (def. 5)
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Word Origin and History for folder


1550s as "one who folds;" 1911 as "folding cover for loose papers;" agent noun from fold (v.).

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