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.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Caution in granting passports to Ireland. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

2. A document carried by neutral merchant vessels in time of war, to certify their nationality and protect them from belligerents; a sea letter. [1913 Webster]

3. A license granted in time of war for the removal of persons and effects from a hostile country; a safe-conduct. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

4. Figuratively: Anything which secures advancement and general acceptance. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

His passport is his innocence and grace. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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