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(n.) 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.
(n.) A license granted in time of war for the removal of persons and effects from a hostile country; a safe-conduct.
(n.) Figuratively: Anything which secures advancement and general acceptance.
(n.) A document carried by neutral merchant vessels in time of war, to certify their nationality and protect them from belligerents; a sea letter.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Passport'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/p/passport.html. 1828.