[pas-kee, pahs-]

noun, plural pass·keys.

a private key.
a latchkey.

Origin of passkey

First recorded in 1810–20; pass + key1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for passkey

screw, skeleton, opener, latchkey

Examples from the Web for passkey

Historical Examples of passkey

  • 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.


    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
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