passport

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noun pass·port \ˈpas-ˌpȯrt\

Definition of passport

  1. 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 abroadb :  a license issued by a country permitting a foreign citizen to pass or take goods through its territory :  safe-conductc :  a document of identification required by law to be carried by persons residing or traveling within a country

  2. 2a :  a permission or authorization to go somewhereb :  something that secures admission, acceptance, or attainment education as a passport to success

Examples of passport in a sentence

  1. meeting that movie director could be your passport to a big acting career

  2. to its followers, the cult seemed like their passport to heaven

Origin and Etymology of passport

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


First Known Use: 15th century


PASSPORT Defined for English Language Learners

passport

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noun pass·port \ˈpas-ˌpȯrt\

Definition of passport for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

passport

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noun pass·port \ˈpas-ˌpȯrt\

Definition of passport for Students

  1. :  a government document needed to enter or leave a country



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