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passport

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noun pass·port \ˈpas-ˌpȯrt\

Simple Definition of passport

  • : an official document issued by the government of a country that identifies someone as a citizen of that country and that is usually necessary when entering or leaving a country

  • : something that allows a person to achieve something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of passport

  1. 1 a :  a formal document issued by an authorized official of a country to one of its citizens that is usually necessary for exit from and reentry into the country, that allows the citizen to travel in a foreign country in accordance with visa requirements, and that requests protection for the citizen while abroad b :  a license issued by a country permitting a foreign citizen to pass or take goods through its territory :  safe-conduct c :  a document of identification required by law to be carried by persons residing or traveling within a country

  2. 2 a :  a permission or authorization to go somewhere b :  something that secures admission, acceptance, or attainment <education as a passport to success>

Examples of passport in a sentence

  1. <meeting that movie director could be your passport to a big acting career>

  2. <to its followers, the cult seemed like their passport to heaven>



Origin of passport

Middle English (Scots) pasport, from Middle French passeport, from passer to pass + port port, from Latin portus — more at ford


First Known Use: 15th century


PASSPORT Defined for Kids

passport

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noun pass·port \ˈpas-ˌpȯrt\

Definition of passport for Students

  1. :  a government document needed to enter or leave a country





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