passport

noun pass·port \ ˈpas-ˌpȯrt \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of passport

1 a : 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
2 a : a permission or authorization to go somewhere
b : 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

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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


PASSPORT Defined for English Language Learners

passport

noun

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

noun pass·port \ ˈpas-ˌpȯrt \

Definition of passport for Students

: a government document needed to enter or leave a country


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