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[trans-jen-der, tranz‐] /ˌtrænsˈdʒɛn dər, ˌtrænz‐/
noting or relating to a person whose gender identity does not correspond to that person’s biological sex assigned at birth: the transgender movement;
transgender rights.
noting or relating to a person who does not conform to societal gender norms or roles.
Usually Offensive. a person who is transgender.
Compare cisgender.
Origin of transgender
First recorded in 1970-75; trans- + gender1
Usage note
The term transgender has largely replaced the older term transsexual, which is now considered outdated. Transgender is a less clinical term, referring more to gender identity and gender expression than to sexual orientation or physical sex characteristics. It is also a more general and inclusive term: a transgender person may be gay, transsexual, transvestite, or even genderqueer. Use of transgender as a noun is declining in use and is usually taken as offensive. And people object to the adjectival variant transgendered because the –ed suffix could imply that something happened to make the person transgender. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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of or relating to a person who wants to belong to the opposite sex
Derived Forms
transgendered, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for transgender

by 1988, from trans- + gender. Related: Transgendered.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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