dossier

noun
dos·​sier | \ˈdȯs-ˌyā, ˈdäs-;ˈdȯ-sē-ˌā, ˈdä-\

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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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.

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That dossier was filled with unverified information. Ben Shapiro, National Review, "Was the FBI Out to Get Trump?," 6 Feb. 2018 That 35-page dossier was assembled as opposition research against then-candidate Trump, including with money from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Anna Edgerton, Bloomberg.com, "Conservatives Brought Russia Probe Demand to Shutdown Talks," 19 Jan. 2018 Grassley cited the House Intelligence Committee's Republican report that stated the Penn Quarter Group worked with Fusion GPS and dossier author Christopher Steele in 2017. Jeremy Herb, CNN, "Grassley defends Trump Jr. testimony about foreign contacts," 29 May 2018 The memo’s authors apparently intended to suggest that the dossier’s dramatic allegations had been debunked. Matt Ford, New Republic, "Trump Just Shot Himself in the Foot," 2 Feb. 2018 Trump and congressional Republicans have charged that the research in the dossier, paid for by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, was used inappropriately to obtain the warrant on Page. Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe," 24 June 2018 Trump and congressional Republicans have charged that the research in the dossier, paid for by Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee, was used inappropriately to obtain the warrant on Page. Mary Clare Jalonick, chicagotribune.com, "Justice Department gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe," 23 June 2018 The Clinton campaign funded the Steele dossier, whose British author paid Russians to dish anti-Trump dirt. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Elizabeth Price Foley, WSJ, "Mueller’s Fruit of the Poisonous Tree," 22 June 2018 The Steele dossier named Cohen as a point of contact with Russian intelligence in 2016, and while Cohen has denied the visit in question, one report claims that Robert Mueller has investigated and discredited his denial. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Has Michael Cohen Already Flipped on Donald Trump?," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dossier

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dossier

French, bundle of documents labeled on the back, dossier, from dos back, from Latin dorsum — see dorsal entry 2

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dossier

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English Language Learners Definition of dossier

: a group of papers that contain detailed information about someone or something

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