Share this entry
passport Line breaks: pass|port
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːspɔːt/

Definition of passport in English:


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
More 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.
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
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.
key, path, way, route, avenue, means of access, door, doorway, entry, entrée, admission, admittance, open sesame


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

Words that rhyme with passport

Definition of passport in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources