Definition of passport in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpasˌpôrt/


1An official document issued by a government, certifying the holder’s identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries.
Example sentences
  • I now turn to the other provisions of the bill relating to our passports and travel documents.
  • We removed a number of credit cards and other documents and articles of false identity such as false passports.
  • People travel on false passports and do all the things he disparages because of the plight they are in.
1.1 [in singular] A thing that ensures admission to or the achievement of something: the sport utility vehicle seemed like a a passport to new adventures
More example sentences
  • Wes's overnight success just goes to show that not every media studies degree is a passport to the dole queue.
  • Truancy is a passport to a life blighted by wasted opportunities, unemployment and even crime.
  • They applied pressure in the dying stages but the home guard stood their ground to earn a passport to the next round.


Late 15th century (denoting authorization to enter or depart from a port): from French passeport, from passer 'to pass' + port 'seaport'.

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Syllabification: pass·port

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