pass·​port | \ ˈpas-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce passport (audio) \

Definition of passport

1a : 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
2a : a permission or authorization to go somewhere
b : something that secures admission, acceptance, or attainment education as a passport to success

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Synonyms for passport


gateway, key, open sesame, secret, ticket

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Examples of passport in a Sentence

meeting that movie director could be your passport to a big acting career to its followers, the cult seemed like their passport to heaven

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His impressive form has seen Spain beat Portugal in the race for his international allegiance and, according to Sport, Fati could be set to represent La Furia Roja at the Under-17 World Cup if his Spanish passport arrives in time., "Ansu Fati Could Be Set to Miss Next 7 Barcelona Games Due to Under-17 World Cup," 16 Sep. 2019 His photographic subjects are as varied as the destinations stamped in his passport—from dinosaurs in the Gobi Desert to gold coins retrieved from Havana’s sunken ships to dogsledding in the North Pole. National Geographic, "Ira Block," 15 Sep. 2019 His passport is full of stamped pages from trips to Italy, Spain, Poland, France and Austria for fencing competitions. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Champion fencer Bryce Louie is also a politician," 7 Sep. 2019 According to Mabulac, the woman appeared to be traveling alone and only presented her personal passport. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "US woman held in Philippines after airport staff find 6-day-old baby in her bag," 5 Sep. 2019 Scottie Wilbekin, who played four years of college ball for Florida and got his Turkish passport last year, fueled a 12-0 run that awoke the pro-Turkey crowd of 18,000 at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. Tim Reynolds,, "US barely beats Turkey, lifted by Kemba Walker’s overtime performance," 3 Sep. 2019 Scottie Wilbekin, who played four years of college ball for Florida and got his Turkish passport last year, fueled a 12-0 run that awoke the pro-Turkey crowd of 18,000 at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. Tim Reynolds, The Denver Post, "USA Basketball somehow gets past Turkey in overtime at FIBA World Cup," 3 Sep. 2019 Once all stamps are collected, explorers can bring their passport to any participating location by the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 11, to claim a prize and enter to win a grand prize in a drawing. Jennifer Boehm,, "Fun stuff to do with the kids this weekend: Slime, Labor Day, Dinosaurs," 28 Aug. 2019 My name on my license is still a mess, and now so is my passport. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: My name worked fine until a DMV clerk changed it," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of passport

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for passport

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

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The first known use of passport was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners 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


pass·​port | \ ˈpas-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce passport (audio) \

Kids Definition of passport

: a government document needed to enter or leave a country

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