Meaning of “passport” in the English Dictionary

"passport" in British English

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passportnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɑːs.pɔːt/ us /ˈpæs.pɔːrt/

A2 an official document containing personal information and usually a photograph that allows a person to travel to foreign countries and to prove who they are:

Many refugees have arrived at the border without passports.
He was a German, travelling on a Swiss passport.
passport control (= the examining of travellers' passports)
a passport photo
a passport to sth

C2 a certain way of getting something you want:

Many students opt for business studies simply because it sounds like a passport to a good job.
Beauty alone can be a passport to success.

More examples

  • a forged passport
  • He was charged with possessing a fake passport.
  • My passport runs out next month - I must get it renewed.
  • My passport is valid for another two years.
  • He's got a British passport.

(Definition of “passport” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"passport" in American English

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passportnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpæsˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt/

an official document provided by the government of a particular country which shows that the owner is a citizen of that country and allows that person to travel to foreign countries

(Definition of “passport” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"passport" in Business English

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passportnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɑːspɔːt/ us /ˈpæspɔːt/

an official document containing personal information and a photograph, which allows you to travel to foreign countries and proves who you are:

a passport photo
a passport to sth

a very effective way of getting something you want:

Many students opt for business studies simply because it sounds like a passport to a good job.
A degree from that university is seen as a passport to success.

(Definition of “passport” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)