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dossier (noun) a file of documents with information about a person or about a subject.

A set of papers containing detailed information about a person or any subject is a dossier. The police prepare a dossier on a person if they build up a file of documents giving a lot of information about the person. A dossier compiled on a terrorist organization, is a file of documents giving information of its activities, members, and plans.

  • The Internal Security Department has collected a dossier on John Sherman, suspected to be a Soviet spy; and it contains all details of his movements and activities over the past one year.
  • There is evidence of the dossier on the Mafia gang's drug trafficking having been tampered with, as some of the papers in one of the bunch are missing.
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