passport

noun
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

Synonyms

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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He was detained at the airport because, unbeknown to the athlete, Turkey had canceled his passport and issued warrants for his arrest. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey to Seek Extradition of NBA Player as Feud Escalates," 15 Jan. 2019 People will still be able to obtain passports and visas, although the State Department could curtail issuing them if those services are offered in buildings run by another agency that is shut down, Bloomberg reports. Li Zhou, Vox, "What’s open — and closed — during a partial government shutdown," 21 Dec. 2018 As punishment, the Iranian authorities took away her passport; Farahani subsequently fled to France. Mikael Jansson, Vogue, "14 Countries, 14 Superstars: The Global Actors Who Know No Limits," 14 Mar. 2019 Stanley Patrick Weber in a 1990s passport photo, submitted as evidence by prosecutors in Montana. Gabe Johnson, WSJ, "A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.," 8 Feb. 2019 The National Passport Information Center — and all passport agencies and centers — are due to shut down for a day. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Here’s what to expect for the national day of mourning on December 5.," 5 Dec. 2018 The system, used currently for check-in and baggage check on international flights, leverages passengers' passport photos. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 2018 An ex-Marine, who also holds British, Irish and Canadian passports, Mr. Whelan has declared his innocence. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Russia Formally Arrests American Businessman," 16 Feb. 2019 Wilson was arrested for illegally entering Taiwan after the US cancelled his passport (Google Translate). Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Cody Wilson arrives back in the States, enters US Marshals custody," 23 Sep. 2018

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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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passport

noun

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

passport

noun
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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