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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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 At least the team didn't have last-minute passport worries. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The Seawolves had to make a lot of pot pies to pay their way to a basketball tournament in Taiwan," 28 June 2018 The image from the face scan is compared to a Department of Homeland Security biometric database that has passport images of people who should be on the flight in order to verify the traveler's identity. Mike Schneider, The Christian Science Monitor, "Florida airport to begin scanning faces of international passengers," 22 June 2018 In seconds, facial recognition technology can compare a picture taken at the gate against a flier's passport picture stored in a government database. CBS News, "Orlando International Airport to scan faces of U.S. citizens, raising privacy concerns," 21 June 2018 On June 5, during a passport fraud investigation, the US Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service interviewed an individual claiming to be Barry O'Beirne. Dan Simon And Susannah Cullinane, CNN, "Neighbors of Cold War-era Air Force deserter knew him as 'Tim'," 12 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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