Definition of "passbook" []

  • See bankbook. (noun)
  • A book in which a merchant records credit sales. (noun)
  • A document formerly issued to a Black person in South Africa and used to enforce certain legal and economic restrictions under the apartheid system. Also called reference book. (noun)

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Use "passbook" in a sentence
  • "Your passbook is checked at the reception desk every time you come; if you're behind schedule for a shot, you go to the Preventive Medicine door and the nurse gives it to you, then and there."
  • "Regular savings accounts are sometimes called passbook accounts and usually have low opening deposit requirements."
  • "And basically what that court was dealing with, well, let me start by saying during apartheid, all adult men and women were forced to carry something called the passbook ..."