Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Passport'
- any authorization to pass or go somewhere; "the pass to visit had a strict time limit" [syn: pass]
- a document issued by a country to a citizen allowing that person to travel abroad and re-enter the home country
- any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission; "her pleasant personality is already a recommendation"; "his wealth was not a passport into the exclusive circles of society" [syn: recommendation]
- Passport \Pass"port\, n. [F. passeport, orig., a permission to
leave a port or to sail into it; passer to pass + port a
port, harbor. See Pass, and Port a harbor.]
- Permission to pass; a document given by the competent officer of a state, permitting the person therein named to pass or travel from place to place, without molestation, by land or by water. Caution in granting passports to Ireland. --Clarendon.
- A document carried by neutral merchant vessels in time of war, to certify their nationality and protect them from belligerents; a sea letter.
- A license granted in time of war for the removal of persons and effects from a hostile country; a safe-conduct. --Burrill.
- Figuratively: Anything which secures advancement and general acceptance. --Sir P. Sidney. His passport is his innocence and grace. --Dryden.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Passport'
A passport is a travel document that says that the person carrying it is a citizen of the country on the passport. A passport asks that the person carrying it be allowed to enter and pass through other countries. They also allow a person to re-enter their country. Passports are given by national governments.
Passports usually have a person's picture, signature, date of birth, nationality. Many countries are now making passports with biometric properties. This helps confirm that the person carrying a passport is the real owner. These countries have passports that use biometrics: Malaysia, Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Japan, Portugal, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Slovenia, Singapore and Thailand.
In 1920, the International Conference on Passports, Customs Formalities and Through Tickets made a law that said passports must be issued in French and at least one other language. Now, many countries issue passports in English and the language(s) of the issuing country.[See more about Passport at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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