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Definitions for passport
ˈpæs pɔrt, -poʊrt, ˈpɑs-pass·port

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pass, passportnoun

    any authorization to pass or go somewhere

    "the pass to visit had a strict time limit"

  2. passportnoun

    a document issued by a country to a citizen allowing that person to travel abroad and re-enter the home country

  3. recommendation, passportnoun

    any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission

    "her pleasant personality is already a recommendation"; "his wealth was not a passport into the exclusive circles of society"


  1. passportnoun

    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.

  2. passportnoun

    Any document that allows entry or passage.

  3. Etymology: From passeport, from passer + port. Compare portpass.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Passportnoun

    Permission of egress.

    Etymology: passport, Fr.

    Under that pretext, fain she would have given a secret passport to her affection. Philip Sidney.

    Giving his reason passport for to pass
    Whither it would, so it would let him die. Philip Sidney.

    Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse. William Shakespeare.

    Having used extreme caution in granting passports to Ireland, he conceived that paper not to have been delivered. Clar.

    The gospel has then only a free admission into the assent of the understanding, when it brings a passport from a rightly disposed will, as being the faculty of dominion, that commands all, that shuts out, and lets in, what objects it pleases. Robert South, Sermons.

    Admitted in the shining throng,
    He shows the passport which he brought along;
    His passport is his innocence and grace,
    Well known to all the natives of the place. Dryden.

    At our meeting in another world;
    For thou hast drunk thy passport out of this. Dryden.


  1. Passport

    A passport is an official travel document issued by a government that contains a person's identity. A person with a passport can travel to and from foreign countries more easily and access consular assistance. A passport certifies the personal identity and nationality of its holder. It is typical for passports to contain the full name, photograph, place and date of birth, signature, and the expiration date of the passport. While passports are typically issued by national governments, certain subnational governments are authorised to issue passports to citizens residing within their borders. Many nations issue (or plan to issue) biometric passports that contain an embedded microchip, making them machine-readable and difficult to counterfeit. As of January 2019, there were over 150 jurisdictions issuing e-passports. Previously issued non-biometric machine-readable passports usually remain valid until their respective expiration dates. A passport holder is normally entitled to enter the country that issued the passport, though some people entitled to a passport may not be full citizens with right of abode (e.g. American nationals or British nationals). A passport does not of itself create any rights in the country being visited or obligate the issuing country in any way, such as providing consular assistance. Some passports attest to the bearer having a status as a diplomat or other official, entitled to rights and privileges such as immunity from arrest or prosecution.


  1. passport

    A passport is an official government document that certifies an individual's identity and citizenship. It permits the holder to travel internationally under its protection and contains specific personal information like full name, photograph, signature, and date of birth. It often includes other identifiable features like a passport number and may also show the place and date of issuance. It typically includes multiple pages for visa and immigration stamps.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Passportnoun

    permission to pass; a document given by the competent officer of a state, permitting the person therein named to pass or travel from place to place, without molestation, by land or by water

  2. Passportnoun

    a document carried by neutral merchant vessels in time of war, to certify their nationality and protect them from belligerents; a sea letter

  3. Passportnoun

    a license granted in time of war for the removal of persons and effects from a hostile country; a safe-conduct

  4. Passportnoun

    figuratively: Anything which secures advancement and general acceptance

  5. Etymology: [F. passeport, orig., a permission to leave a port or to sail into it; passer to pass + port a port, harbor. See Pass, and Port a harbor.]


  1. Passport

    A passport is a document, issued by a national government, which certifies the identity and nationality of its holder for the purpose of international travel. The elements of identity contained in all standardized passports include information about the holder, including name, date of birth, gender and place of birth. A passport does not of itself entitle the passport holder entry into another country, nor to consular protection while abroad nor any other privileges. It does, however, normally entitle the passport holder to return to the country that issued the passport. Rights to consular protection arise from international treaties, whilst the bearer's right to return to the passport's country of issue depends on the laws of the issuing country. A passport does not represent the right or the place of residence of the passport holder in the country that issued the passport.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. passport

    A permission granted by any state to a vessel, to navigate in some particular sea without molestation; it contains all particulars concerning her, and is binding on all persons at peace with that state. It is also a letter of licence given by authority, granting permission to enter, travel in, and quit certain territories.

  2. passport

    See PASS.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. passport

    A document given by the competent officer of a state, which permits the person therein named to pass or travel from place to place by land or water. Also a license granted in time of war for the removal of persons and effects from a hostile country; a safe-conduct.

Editors Contribution

  1. passport

    A type of official document with specific information that gives the person with the name and date of birth on the document authorization to travel to and enter the country, nation or jurisdiction of their birth and all countries, nations and jurisdictions of the world.

    Passports are a requirement if we like to travel out of the country we reside in.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'passport' in Nouns Frequency: #2879

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  1. popstars

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of passport in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of passport in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of passport in a Sentence

  1. Junichiro Hironaka:

    Ghosn's wife happened to be with him when he was arrested, so they confiscated her passport and her mobile, his wife is not a suspect ... this is unforgivable.

  2. Julie Burchill:

    It has been said that a pretty face is a passport. But it's not, it's a visa, and it runs out fast.

  3. Battalion Chief Notte:

    Some of them are sparked by the things that I find out there. If I find a baby pictures, i think the first time it really hit me was when I found a passport with a baby in it. And then I found the entire family of passports in there as well. Those are the moments that I take a deep breath and kind of, I'm very in my head, in that moment.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States.

  5. Naser Majroh:

    We were able to make plans with the U.S. State Department, but were unable to get to our gate because so many people were trying to leave, the Taliban were hitting us, shooting into the air; my son’s arm was broken [by the Taliban] while I was presenting his U.S. passport, so we had to wait until he healed before we could leave Afghanistan.

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