follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

passbook

[pas-boo k, pahs-] /ˈpæsˌbʊk, ˈpɑs-/
noun
1.
a bankbook.
2.
(formerly) a small book or ledger for each customer in which a merchant keeps a record of goods sold on credit and the amounts owed and paid.
3.
South African. reference book (def 2).
Origin of passbook
1820-1830
1820-30; pass + book
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for passbook
Historical Examples
  • He liked a pleasant object for a walk, so at least once a week he made a point of fetching his passbook from the bank.

    War-time Silhouettes Stephen Hudson
  • The bank had sent her a passbook with that amount to her credit.

    The Miracle Man Frank L. Packard
  • He was working out in his mind how handsomely this first payment would show up on the welcome side of his passbook.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • But he had found in his passbook only this morning that she had already cashed his last cheque for fifty pounds.

    From Out the Vasty Deep Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
  • The official gave some instruction to the general office, and a passbook was produced.

  • Grenier obtained his passbook and check book, after writing a check on London before the other man's eyes.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • The passbook kept with heaven stirs me to anger and laughter.

British Dictionary definitions for passbook

passbook

/ˈpɑːsˌbʊk/
noun
1.
a book for keeping a record of withdrawals from and payments into a building society
2.
another name for bankbook
3.
a customer's book in which is recorded by a trader a list of credit sales to that customer
4.
(formerly in South Africa) an official document serving to identify the bearer, his race, his residence, and his employment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for passbook
n.

also pass-book, 1828, from pass (v.) + book (n.); apparently the notion is of the document "passing" between bank and customer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for passbook

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for passbook

16
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for passbook