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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
1820-1830
1820-30; pass + book
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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
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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.

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