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[trans-ves-tiz-uh m, tranz-]
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  1. the practice, especially of men, of wearing clothing usually associated with the opposite sex for psychological gratification.
Also trans·ves·ti·tism [trans-ves-ti-tiz-uh m, tranz-] /trænsˈvɛs tɪˌtɪz əm, trænz-/.

Origin of transvestism

1925–30; < German Transvestismus < Latin trāns- trans- + vest(īre) to clothe + German -ismus -ism
Related formstrans·ves·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for transvestism

Historical Examples

  • As I have already pointed out, transvestism in either women or men by no means necessarily involves inversion.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)</p>

    Havelock Ellis

transvestism in Medicine


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  1. The practice of dressing in clothes traditionally associated with the opposite gender.
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