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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: passeport, from passer ( PASS1) + port ( PORT)

passport

noun
     
pass‧port S3 [countable]
1 a small official document that you get from your government, that proves who you are, and which you need in order to leave your country and enter other countries
British/French/American etc passport
She was born in New York and has an American passport.
have/hold a passport
Do you hold a British passport?
All people entering the country will need a valid passport.
He got into Europe with a false passport.
I need to check that your passport is in order.
2

passport to success/health/romance etc

something that makes it easy for you to achieve success, good health etc:
She saw a good diet as a passport to good health.
Don't assume that winning a talent contest is a passport to success.

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