Definition of dossier in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɒsɪeɪ//ˈdɒsɪə/


  • A collection of documents about a particular person, event, or subject:

    ‘we have a dossier on him’
    ‘a dossier of complaints’
    • ‘If any of them cares to contact me, I will happily reveal my dossier on this sad affair.’
    • ‘At one point, a dossier of evidence against him and his management style was handed to council officials.’
    • ‘Now a dossier of evidence is being presented to insurance companies and a police investigation could follow.’
    • ‘He was eventually exposed and arrested but not before compiling a dossier of evidence using hidden cameras.’
    • ‘On the first floor were thick dossiers on individuals, while the files on the second floor were labelled with dates, some going back to the 1950s.’
    • ‘The indictment dossiers were filed with the South Jakarta District Court on Friday and a trial is expected within two weeks.’
    • ‘Inside were various dossiers and files with letters and family documents.’
    • ‘What can they see in the multitudes of dossiers that will inspire an invitation for an interview at a scholarly meeting and eventually a campus visit?’
    • ‘Our report, of course, centers on two dossiers - the first, the dossier of September 24 of last year.’
    • ‘Review of completed dossiers will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.’
    • ‘She said the complete dossiers along with the evidence were handed over to her office by the police last month.’
    • ‘Yes, there are open questions in all the dossiers, certainly, but the greatest number are on the biological sector.’
    • ‘Will the government be gathering dossiers on members of the local women's cooperative for lobbying for federally funded child care?’
    • ‘New dossiers will be added and existing ones updated on an ongoing basis.’
    • ‘While the possibility for trials in these cases remains unclear, the dossiers on past human rights violations will remain the property of this nation.’
    • ‘But one thing is clear: there will not be any more dodgy dossiers or politicised intelligence, even behind closed doors.’
    • ‘License plate numbers and full dossiers of car owners will be printed in future issues to come.’
    • ‘They will be transferred to the Department of Transport with a dossier of evidence about our campaign.’
    • ‘Somehow I managed to get a job with another large theatre organisation, compiling dossiers of information on potential donors.’
    • ‘Detectives needed to build up a dossier of evidence which would show the courts just how prolific they were.’
    file, report, case history, case study, casebook
    account, notes, documentation, data, information, evidence
    diary, journal, memoir, register, log, logbook
    inventory, list, catalogue
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Late 19th century: from French, denoting a bundle of papers with a label on the back, from dos back, based on Latin dorsum.