Passport definition

păspôrt
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An official document issued by a government identifying a citizen, certifying his or her nationality, and formally requesting admittance and safe passage from foreign countries.
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An official permit issued by a foreign country allowing one to transport goods or to travel through that country.
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An official document issued by an allied foreign government to a ship, especially a neutral merchant ship in time of war, authorizing it to enter and travel through certain waters freely.
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Something that gives one the right or privilege of passage, entry, or acceptance.

Hard work was her passport to success.

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A government document issued to a citizen for travel abroad, subject to visa requirements, certifying identity and citizenship: it entitles the bearer to the protection of his or her own country and that of the countries visited.
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Anything that enables a person to be accepted, admitted, etc.
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An official document normally used for international journeys, which proves the identity and nationality of the person for whom it was issued.

You will have to bring your passport to prove who you are.

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(by extension, informal) Any document that allows entry or passage.
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(figuratively) Something which enables someone to do or achieve something.

The tenor's voice was his passport to the international concert circuit.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
passport
Plural:
passports

Origin of passport

  • French passeport from Old French passer to pass pass port port port1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French passeport, from passer (“pass") + port (“port"). Compare portpass.

    From Wiktionary