Definition of passport in US English:

passport

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.

    • ‘I now turn to the other provisions of the bill relating to our passports and travel documents.’
    • ‘The men were found to have false passports and to be travelling under false names.’
    • ‘Meziane had one false passport which he used to open bank accounts, gain employment and claim benefits.’
    • ‘The visit has been delayed by India's refusal to issue a passport to one of the members.’
    • ‘Two were travelling on British passports, the third on an Irish one - all believed to be false.’
    • ‘Three of the 17 had no passports and claimed that they had left their documents on the boat.’
    • ‘Some had British passports and were entitled to come to Britain but the government did not want them.’
    • ‘There were safeguards to ensure that deportees did not travel on false passports.’
    • ‘The UK Passport Office is already able to issue passports containing a digital photo.’
    • ‘Smith, of no fixed address, admitted five robberies and using a fake passport.’
    • ‘She found two passports and other identification for Jamie, but under different names.’
    • ‘We removed a number of credit cards and other documents and articles of false identity such as false passports.’
    • ‘This will help people avoid travel to the regional centres to get their passports processed.’
    • ‘Most applicants apply in the morning and are able to pick up their passports and visas in the afternoon.’
    • ‘Those with prior travel on public affairs passports are not eligible for this programme.’
    • ‘We learn that a new form of identification known as papelles have replaced passports, visas and the like.’
    • ‘Unions can issue these passports to members working abroad as a tool in organising.’
    • ‘Then there are the legal documents to deal with, such as birth certificates and passports.’
    • ‘They cannot even travel there because they don't have Sudanese 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
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    1. 1.1in singular A thing that ensures admission to or the achievement of something.
      ‘the sport utility vehicle seemed like a a passport to new adventures’
      • ‘They applied pressure in the dying stages but the home guard stood their ground to earn a passport to the next round.’
      • ‘Meanwhile those with the cash can still do the sort of degree that will be a passport to higher earnings.’
      • ‘Wes's overnight success just goes to show that not every media studies degree is a passport to the dole queue.’
      • ‘Available on Friday and Saturday nights only, it is a passport to pampering paradise.’
      • ‘For the Conservatives choice has traditionally been a passport into the private sector.’
      • ‘Truancy is a passport to a life blighted by wasted opportunities, unemployment and even crime.’
      • ‘In many cases work is a passport to regular food, a decent education and a chance to break out of the poverty trap.’
      key, path, way, route, avenue, means of access, door, doorway, entry, entrée, admission, admittance, open sesame
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

passport

/ˈpæsˌpɔrt//ˈpasˌpôrt/