pass·port | \ˈpas-ˌpȯrt \

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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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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The Red Cross post is located next to the migration office, where over 3,000 migrants queue daily to have their passports stamped. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 An attorney for Daray Sims’ family noted that Sims had her passport and $9,000 on her when police found her in the Range Rover. Crystal Hill, star-telegram, "‘Affluenza effect’ explains decision to reduce murder suspect’s bail, Texas lawyer says | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 May 2018 The vast majority of workers had to pay up to a year’s salary in recruitment fees to get the job in the first place, and had their passports taken by their employer, leaving them trapped and with no choice but to continue working. David Kenner, The Atlantic, "The Selective Westernization of NYU's Abu Dhabi Campus," 10 May 2018 The man had a Vietnamese passport with a permanent U.S. resident card, Gamache said. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Man who smeared feces in jetliner restrooms taken to hospital after flight was diverted to Anchorage," 6 Jan. 2018 All Ethiopian and Eritrean passport holders will be able to travel across the border and will be granted entry visas, officials said. Megan Specia, New York Times, "After 20 Years of Silence, Strangers in Ethiopia and Eritrea Call to Say Hello," 11 July 2018 Construction on the passport facility at Greenacres City Hall building is complete. Austen Erblat,, "Greenacres passport facility construction complete," 29 June 2018 The judge set Flores’ bail at $7,500 and granted the passport surrender order. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Police stop car in Boston, discover drugs and more than 20 active warrants for passenger’s arrest," 28 June 2018 All that is required to complete the Fan ID process — along with a photo, passport data and other personal information — is a match ticket reference. Rob Harris, Fox News, "Loophole exposed to get easier entry to World Cup in Russia," 28 June 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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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 \

Kids Definition of passport

: a government document needed to enter or leave a country

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