Definition of passport in English:

passport

Syllabification: pass·port
Pronunciation: /ˈpasˌpôrt
 
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noun

  • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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.

Origin

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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