Definition of dossier noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdɒsieɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːsieɪ//
, NAmE//ˈdɑːsieɪ//
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a collection of documents that contain information about a person, an event or a subject synonym file to assemble/compile a dossier dossier on somebody/something We have a dossier on him. Word Originlate 19th cent.: from French, denoting a bundle of papers with a label on the back, from dos ‘back’, based on Latin dorsum.Extra examples The dossier contained details of every meeting the two men had attended. The group compiled a dossier of patients’ complaints. They kept dossiers on all trade union members.
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