[ fohl-der ]
/ ˈfoʊl dər /


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

Nearby words

  1. foldaway,
  2. foldback,
  3. foldboat,
  4. folded dipole,
  5. folded lung syndrome,
  6. folderol,
  7. folding chair,
  8. folding door,
  9. folding money,
  10. folding press

Origin of folder

First recorded in 1545–55; fold1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for folder


/ (ˈfəʊldə) /


a binder or file for holding loose papers, etc
a folded circular
a machine for folding printed sheets
a person or thing that folds
computing another name for directory (def. 5)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for folder



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper