[pas-boo k, pahs-] /ˈpæsˌbʊk, ˈpɑs-/

a bankbook.
(formerly) a small 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. (def 2).
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

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


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