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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A collection of papers giving detailed information about a particular person or subject.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A collection of papers and/or other sources, containing detailed information about a particular person or subject, together with a synopsis of their content.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bundle containing the papers in reference to some matter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bundle of writings or documents relating to some one matter or subject, inclosed in a wrapper and briefed on the back; the ‘papers in the case.’

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a collection of papers containing detailed information about a particular person or subject (usually a person's record)

Etymologies

French, from Old French, bundle of papers labeled on the back, from dos, back, from Latin dorsum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French dossier (Wiktionary)

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