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.

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