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[pas-kee, pahs-] /ˈpæsˌki, ˈpɑs-/
noun, plural passkeys.
a private key.
a latchkey.
Origin of passkey
First recorded in 1810-20; pass + key1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Gold was the only passkey to justice, to preferment, or to power.

  • The door was opened with a passkey and Paul confronted the party.

    Paul the Peddler Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • I'll bet that if you do the conductor either has a passkey or will break it down for me.

    Combat Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • As soon as they had explained what they wanted, the landlord got a passkey and took them to the room Holt had used.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • Mr. Montgomery ascended the steps in a jaunty way, and, opening the door with a passkey, ascended the front staircase.

    Paul the Peddler Horatio Alger, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for passkey


any of various keys, esp a latchkey
another term for master key, skeleton key
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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