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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Tonga never benefited from the passport money, either. Washington Post, "China’s largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation," 10 July 2019 The letters contained the name of the victims, along with their passport numbers, application numbers and alien file numbers, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Feds: Las Vegas man stole identities, submitted false immigration documents," 9 July 2019 Langer’s passport was confiscated, pending resolution of the case. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "A German tourist faces 10 years in US prison for smuggling endangered cactus seeds," 3 July 2019 Beyond figuring out passport information for half a dozen teenagers, a tall task in and of itself, there were only so many flights available with the entire league trying to leave the day after the NHL Draft. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "From NHL draft to development camp, Brad Bombardir and Wild go from ‘0 to 100’ in days," 28 June 2019 The form will ask for such basic information as your name, address, date of birth and passport details as well as your travel plans and questions about health and security. Andrea Sachs,, "Americans will need a travel document to enter New Zealand, starting Oct. 1," 26 June 2019 The federal building houses federal courts, the U.S. attorney's office for the Northern District of Texas, a passport office and the U.S. Marshals Service. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "Gunman shot dead after opening fire on federal courthouse in downtown Dallas," 17 June 2019 At the passport office, the desperation to escape is all too clear. Fox News, "'We are trapped': Zimbabwe's economic crunch hits passports," 16 June 2019 Those include moving to electronic agenda packet distribution for council members, opening a passport facility and adopting a policy that regulates short-term rentals and transient occupancy tax collection. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lemon Grove expects to break even this year, but future is uncertain," 11 June 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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