Definition of passport in English:

passport

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːspɔːt
 
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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: a British citizen with a valid passport does not need a visa to visit the US [as modifier]: a passport photograph
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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.
    Synonyms
    travel document, travel papers, papers, travel permit, visa, identity card, ID, laissez-passer
  • 1.1 [in singular] A thing that ensures admission to or the achievement of something: good qualifications are a passport to success
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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.
    Synonyms
    key, path, way, route, avenue, means of access, door, doorway, entry, entrée, admission, admittance, open sesame

Origin

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

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