Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship and permits a citizen to travel abroad.
  • n. An official permit issued by a foreign country allowing one to transport goods or to travel through that country.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Something that gives one the right or privilege of passage, entry, or acceptance: Hard work was her passport to success.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An official document normally used for international journeys, which proves the identity and nationality of the person for whom it was issued.
  • n. Any document that allows entry or passage.
  • n. Something which enables someone to do or achieve something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A document carried by neutral merchant vessels in time of war, to certify their nationality and protect them from belligerents; a sea letter.
  • n. A license granted in time of war for the removal of persons and effects from a hostile country; a safe-conduct.
  • n. Figuratively: Anything which secures advancement and general acceptance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To supply or provide with a passport.
  • n. A document issued by competent civil authority, granting permission to the person specified in it to travel, or authenticating his right to protection.
  • n. A safe-conduct granted in time of war for persons and effects in a hostile country.
  • n. A license for importing or exporting goods subject to duty without paying the usual duties.—4. Anything which enables one to pass with safety or certainty; a certificate; a voucher.
  • n. That which enables one to attain any object or reach any end.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a document issued by a country to a citizen allowing that person to travel abroad and re-enter the home country
  • n. any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission
  • n. any authorization to pass or go somewhere

Etymologies

French passeport, from Old French : passer, to pass; see pass + port, port; see port1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French passeport, from passer ("pass") + port ("port"). Compare portpass. (Wiktionary)

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