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

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

— see also vaccine passport

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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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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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20 Nov 2021

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“Passport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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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