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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Synonyms for passport


gateway, key, open sesame, secret, ticket

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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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Just as the deadline was about to close, the Justice Department filed yet another appeal of the judge's passport decision in early May with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Meet the toddler the Trump administration is trying to strip of U.S. citizenship," 6 June 2019 De facto integration had been in place for some time, at least in public places: races mingling in the airport’s passport lines and at the glass barrier, my parents among them. Lynn Freed, Harper's magazine, "We Were So Happy Then," 10 Mar. 2019 The original version incorrectly indicated when passport fees would rise. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 On Friday, hotel chain Marriott International said a system breach allowed hackers to steal passport numbers, credit card data, and other details for 500 million customers. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hackers breach and steal password data for 100 million users," 4 Dec. 2018 According to a government website, there are 7,400 facilities that can accept passport applications. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Transgender People Share Their Passport Application Difficulties," 1 Aug. 2018 Normally his office would issue passports, promote trade deals, liaise between Caracas and Bogotá and execute other consular tasks. John Otis, WSJ, "Envoys to Rival Venezuelan Leaders Jockey for Power Abroad," 17 Apr. 2019 Back then, no passport was needed, there was never a line to get into Mexico. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "The Origin Story: A blind date, a border and Beto O’Rourke," 29 Mar. 2019 Another 25 drives retained personal data as well: scanned copies of passports, 5GB of internal corporate email, family photos and personal documents, Word and Excel files, and more. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Don't erase, overwrite: How to avoid being that person who resells a drive with data on it," 25 Apr. 2019

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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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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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