Definition of folder in English:



  • 1A folding cover or holder, typically made of stiff paper or card, for storing loose papers.

    • ‘The bell rang and I stuffed my loose paper into a folder as I threw the pen in a bag and grabbed all my stuff.’
    • ‘The woman dropped a folder containing paperwork referring to Provident Personal Credit.’
    • ‘He had a bag in one hand and a thin, Manila file folder in the other.’
    • ‘Right, he thinks with a grimace, clutching the folder in his hand.’
    • ‘At the end of one session, our collages were placed on the drying rack and our remaining colors of paper were stored in our folders.’
    • ‘Russell's boss slid a Manila file folder across the desk.’
    • ‘In shock, Lisa dropped the folder in her hand.’
    • ‘How would you like it if he fiddled around in a folder named Anna's stuff?’
    • ‘Butterworth produces a folder full of crayons, pastels, watercolours.’
    • ‘She had been carrying a rather large yellow folder with the brackets at the top, latching it closed.’
    • ‘My breath had been caught in my chest ever since she'd opened the folder containing the sketches.’
    • ‘His face looked weary and he was carrying a thin folder under his arm.’
    • ‘Some open the clear plastic folders containing their work and look over what they did in yesterday's class.’
    • ‘Happy Birthday, Rowena thought, trudging back to her desk with the folder under her arm.’
    • ‘Clarke pulled out a Manila file folder and handed it to Vaughn.’
    • ‘He handed them a brown folder marked ' TOP SECRET '.’
    • ‘Dr. Anthony Monroe sat down in front of him, resting a brown folder on the table.’
    • ‘These folders were used to store the sketch, tracing paper, felt, burlap and any other work in progress for the length of this lesson.’
    • ‘He went over to a filing cabinet and pulled out a thick folder.’
    • ‘President Heartslain threw to her a thick yellow folder with a 100-page report.’
    file, binder, ring binder, portfolio, document case
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    1. 1.1Computing A directory containing related files or documents.
      • ‘So this morning I created a new folder called Reply.’
      • ‘As I was clearing out the email trash folder last week, this made me smile.’
      • ‘All suspect junk mail is sent in a new junk mail folder.’
      • ‘The filter spits it into the junk mail folder and you never see it.’
      • ‘The next step is to decompress the Administrative Update into a folder on your hard drive.’
  • 2North American A folded leaflet or a booklet made of folded sheets of paper.

    • ‘The teacher was about to answer when he noticed Jill, who was reading from her folder.’
    • ‘But then, a little ways in front of it, there is a long, brown desk with a few folders and flyers for different community events.’
    • ‘Nowhere did they measure up to the advertising folders, or to the conception these had formed in my mind's eye.’
    • ‘Blenders and simple recipe folders will be issued to every new parent at post-natal nutrition classes.’
    • ‘The quality control folders were identified as substandard in five of their six assessments (each folder had two peer and one external group assessments).’
    • ‘An information folder full of help sheets and forms lay on a table which she directed me to.’
    • ‘Could worship bulletins or folders be prepared in large print by enlarging them on the photocopier?’
    • ‘The log folder can also be used to record shop drawing and material sample transmissions.’
    • ‘Stamps were pasted into booklets or folders and redeemed for merchandise.’