noun \ˈpas-ˌprt\

: 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

Full Definition of PASSPORT

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
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

  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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Document issued by a national government identifying a traveler as a citizen with a right to protection while abroad and a right to return to the country of citizenship. It is normally a small booklet containing a description and photograph of the bearer. Most nations require entering travelers to obtain a visa, an endorsement on the passport showing that the proper authorities have examined it and permitting the bearer to enter the country and remain for a specified period.


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