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[ pas-boo k, pahs- ]
/ ˈpæsˌbʊk, ˈpɑs- /


a bankbook.
(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.
South African. reference book(def 2).

Nearby words

passament, passant, passata, passavant's cushion, passband, passbook, passbook savings account, passchendaele, passcode, passe, passe-partout

Origin of passbook

First recorded in 1820–30; pass + book Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for passbook


/ (ˈpɑːsˌbʊk) /


a book for keeping a record of withdrawals from and payments into a building society
another name for bankbook
a customer's book in which is recorded by a trader a list of credit sales to that customer
(formerly in South Africa) an official document serving to identify the bearer, his race, his residence, and his employment
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Word Origin and History for passbook



also pass-book, 1828, from pass (v.) + book (n.); apparently the notion is of the document "passing" between bank and customer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper