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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Recent Examples of dossier from the Web
In a pre-inauguration press conference Jan. 11, Trump reacted angrily to the leak of a dossier containing unverified, salacious information about his behavior during a visit to Moscow.
Each term plugged into a search engine, every click on a link adds more nuance to the virtual dossiers that put advertisers on your scent.
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr, asked Comey if the FBI was able to confirm any of the allegations in the Trump-Russia dossier, compiled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, which the FBI continues to investigate.
McCain's office has not responded to Fox News’ latest request for comment on the dossier.
Comey hints that parts of British dossier on Trump have been verified.
With regard to the question of him being under personal -- personally under investigation, does that mean that the dossier is not being reviewed or investigated or followed up on in any way?
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.
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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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