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[dos-ee-ey, -ee-er, daw-see-ey, -see-er; French daw-syey] /ˈdɒs iˌeɪ, -i ər, ˈdɔ siˌeɪ, -si ər; French dɔˈsyeɪ/
noun, plural dossiers
[dos-ee-eyz, -ee-erz, daw-see-eyz, -see-ers; French daw-syey] /ˈdɒs iˌeɪz, -i ərz, ˈdɔ siˌeɪz, -si ərs; French dɔˈsyeɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a collection or file of documents on the same subject, especially a complete file containing detailed information about a person or topic.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French: bundle of documents with a label attached to the back or spine, equivalent to dos (< Latin dorsum) back + -ier -ier2
Synonyms
record, report, folder.
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dossier

/ˈdɒsɪˌeɪ; -sɪə; French dosje/
noun
1.
a collection of papers containing information on a particular subject or person
Word Origin
C19: from French: a file with a label on the back, from dos back, from Latin dorsum
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dossier

n.

1880, from French dossier "bundle of papers," from dos "back" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin dossum, variant of Latin dorsum "back" (see dorsal). Supposedly so called because the bundle bore a label on the back, or possibly from resemblance of the bulge in a mass of bundled papers to the curve of a back. Old French dossiere meant "back-strap, ridge strap (of a horse's harness)."

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