[ pas-book, pahs- ]

  1. a bankbook.

  2. (formerly) a small book or ledger for each customer in which a merchant keeps a record of goods sold on credit and the amounts owed and paid.

  1. South African. reference book (def. 2).

Origin of passbook

First recorded in 1820–30; pass + book

Words Nearby passbook Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use passbook in a sentence

  • I went into the house to get our bank passbook, for there was need to find out where we stood financially.

    I Walked in Arden | Jack Crawford
  • He liked a pleasant object for a walk, so at least once a week he made a point of fetching his passbook from the bank.

    War-time Silhouettes | Stephen Hudson
  • Grenier obtained his passbook and check book, after writing a check on London before the other man's eyes.

    The King of Diamonds | Louis Tracy
  • The endowment policy, the bank passbook, the certificate of the possession of scrip.

    Ulysses | James Joyce
  • He was working out in his mind how handsomely this first payment would show up on the welcome side of his passbook.

    The Yellow Claw | Sax Rohmer

British Dictionary definitions for passbook


/ (ˈpɑːsˌbʊk) /

  1. a book for keeping a record of withdrawals from and payments into a building society

  2. another name for bankbook

  1. a customer's book in which is recorded by a trader a list of credit sales to that customer

  2. (formerly in South Africa) an official document serving to identify the bearer, his race, his residence, and his employment

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