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[trans-ves-tahyt, tranz-] /trænsˈvɛs taɪt, trænz-/
a person, especially a male, who assumes the dress and manner usually associated with the opposite sex.
Origin of transvestite
1925-30; < German Transvestit; see transvestism, -ite1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for transvestite


a person who seeks sexual pleasure from wearing clothes that are normally associated with the opposite sex
any cross-dresser See cross-dressing
Derived Forms
transvestism, transvestitism, noun
Word Origin
C19: from German Transvestit, from trans- + Latin vestītus clothed, from vestīre to clothe
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Word Origin and History for transvestite

"person with a strong desire to dress in clothing of the opposite sex," 1922, from German Transvestit (1910), coined from Latin trans- "across" (see trans-) + vestire "to dress, to clothe" (see wear (v.)). Cf. also travesty, which is the same word, older, and passed through French and Italian. Shortened form trannie first recorded 1983 (in 1960s this was used as a slang shortening of transistor radio). Transvestism is first attested 1928.

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transvestite in Medicine

transvestite trans·ves·tite (trāns-věs'tīt', trānz-)
One who practices transvestism.

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transvestite in Culture

transvestite definition

Someone who dresses in the clothes usually worn by the opposite sex. Transvestites may be bisexual, heterosexual, or homosexual (see bisexuality, heterosexuality, and homosexuality).

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