[pas-pawrt, -pohrt, pahs-]
an official document issued by the government of a country to one of its citizens and, varying from country to country, authorizing travel to foreign countries and authenticating the bearer's identity, citizenship, right to protection while abroad, and right to reenter his or her native country.
anything that ensures admission or acceptance: A good education can be your passport to success.
any authorization to pass or go somewhere.
a document issued to a ship, especially to a neutral merchant ship in time of war, granting or requesting permission to proceed without molestation in certain waters.
a certificate intended to secure admission.

1490–1500; earlier passeport < Middle French, equivalent to passe- (stem of passer to pass) + port port1

passportless, adjective

passport, visa. Unabridged
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passport (ˈpɑːspɔːt)
1.  an official document issued by a government, identifying an individual, granting him permission to travel abroad, and requesting the protection of other governments for him
2.  a licence granted by a state to a foreigner, allowing the passage of his person or goods through the country
3.  another word for sea letter
4.  a quality, asset, etc, that gains a person admission or acceptance
[C15: from French passeport, from passer to pass + port1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1500, from M.Fr. passeport "authorization to pass through a port" to enter or leave a country (15c.), from passe, imper. of O.Fr. passer "to pass" + port "port."
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