Definition of dossier
: a file containing detailed records on a particular person or subject the patient's medical dossier Police began compiling a dossier on him.
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Mr. Cohen was named in connection with Russian efforts to interfere in the election in an unverified dossier, paid for by Mr. Trump’s political opponents and compiled by a former British intelligence agent.
The dossier published Jan. 10 included explosive claims that Russians had compiled compromising information about Republican Donald Trump.
In January, after the publication of a dossier alleging links between Trump's electoral campaign and Russia, a D-Notice was issued to protect the identity of the former British spy who had written the document.
The data add to the digital dossiers that Google has compiled on users of its search engine and other services, including Gmail, YouTube and Android.
Plus, there’s already a dossier behind the title of the game.
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Gather together various documents relating to the affairs of a certain individual, sort them into separate folders, label the spine of each folder, and arrange the folders in a box. "Dossier," the French word for such a compendium of spine-labeled folders, was picked up by English speakers in the late 19th century. It comes from "dos," the French word for "back," which is in turn derived from "dorsum," Latin for back. Our word dorsal ("situated on the back"), as in the dorsal fin of a whale, comes from the same Latin source.
DOSSIER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dossier for English Language Learners
: a group of papers that contain detailed information about someone or something
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