[dos-ee-ey, -ee-er, daw-see-ey, -see-er; French daw-syey]
noun, plural dossiers [dos-ee-eyz, -ee-erz, daw-see-eyz, -see-ers; French daw-syey] .
a collection or file of documents on the same subject, especially a complete file containing detailed information about a person or topic.

1875–80; < French: bundle of documents with a label attached to the back or spine, equivalent to dos (< Latin dorsum) back + -ier -ier2

record, report, folder. Unabridged
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dossier (ˈdɒsɪˌeɪ, -sɪə, French dosje)
a collection of papers containing information on a particular subject or person
[C19: from French: a file with a label on the back, from dos back, from Latin dorsum]

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1880, from Fr. dossier "bundle of papers," from dos "back," supposedly because the bundle bore a label on the back, from L. dossum, var. of dorsum "back." Or possibly from resemblance of the bulge in a mass of bundled papers to the curve of a back.
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