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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Reyna, 18, has a Portuguese passport but has followed his father Claudio and mother Danielle into the U.S. program and is certain to stay. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "USMNT surpasses goals with 6-2 win over Panama," 16 Nov. 2020 There was a public outcry when Modupe Odele, a lawyer helping the protesters, said that her passport was confiscated at the airport. Ruth Maclean New York Times, Star Tribune, "Nigeria goes on offense against youth protests," 14 Nov. 2020 Good manners can be your passport to peace and profits. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 10, 2020: Taurus, make new contacts; Capricorn, count your blessings," 10 Nov. 2020 The program works by having each participant collect stickers for their passport after purchasing a beverage from one of the winery tasting rooms, breweries, coffee shops or the distillery involved. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "Grapevine launches new ‘craft beverage tour’ featuring local whiskey, soda, coffee and, of course, wine," 28 Oct. 2020 Ahead of the end of her year-long probation, Huffman requested last week for her passport to be returned to her. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Felicity Huffman ends probation, completing her college admissions scandal sentence," 26 Oct. 2020 His passport had been seized because of the charges against him, and the national-security law—as well as COVID-19 restrictions selectively deployed by the government and aggressive police tactics—made street protests difficult. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "How Milk Tea Became an Anti-China Symbol," 13 Oct. 2020 Unlike Luther, Johnny has no passport to visit New Zealand. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘We Were Bulletproof’: As Child Soldiers Grow Up, Legacy of War Lingers," 12 Oct. 2020 Chauvin also was ordered to surrender his passport. Holly Bailey, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge allows Derek Chauvin to live outside of Minnesota as he awaits trial in death of George Floyd," 9 Oct. 2020

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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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19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Passport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce passport (audio) \

Kids Definition of passport

: a government document needed to enter or leave a country

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