laissez-passer

noun

lais·​sez-pas·​ser ˌle-ˌsā-ˌpa-ˈsā How to pronounce laissez-passer (audio)
ˌlā-,
-ˌzā-

Word History

Etymology

French, from laissez passer let (someone) pass

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laissez-passer was in 1914

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Cite this Entry

“Laissez-passer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laissez-passer. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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