Definition of passport noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːspɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæspɔːrt//
    Plane travel, Legal documents, Airports
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  1. 1  an official document that identifies you as a citizen of a particular country, and that you may have to show when you enter or leave a country a valid passport a South African passport I was stopped as I went through passport control (= where passports are checked). a passport photo Wordfinderairport, baggage reclaim, board, check-in, gate, immigration, lounge, passport, security, terminal Wordfinderabroad, backpack, border, guide, passport, resort, sightseeing, tourist, travel, visa See related entries: Plane travel, Legal documents, Airports
  2. 2  passport to something a thing that makes something possible or enables you to achieve something synonym key The only passport to success is hard work.
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent. (denoting authorization to depart from a port): from French passeport, from passer ‘to pass’ + port ‘seaport’.Extra examples A high score in the test is a passport to success. Good qualifications are a passport to success. He examined my face carefully before handing back my passport. I usually travel on my Irish passport. The Embassy made him surrender his passport. The European Parliament voted to adopt biometric passports. The gold medal is his passport into professional boxing. The police think the smugglers are travelling on Irish passports. These sensors will cut the delays at passport control. We had to queue for ages at passport control. You have to show your passport at the border. a full British passport the UK Passport Agency
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