[ ee-uh-niz-uhm ]
/ ˈi əˌnɪz əm /
the adoption of feminine mannerisms, clothing, etc., by a male.
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Origin of eonism
1925–30; after the Chevalier d'Éon (died 1810), Frenchman who posed as a woman
Words nearby eonism
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British Dictionary definitions for eonism
/ (ˈiːəˌnɪzəm) /
psychiatry the adoption of female dress and behaviour by a maleSee also transvestite
Word Origin for eonism
C19: named after Charles Éon de Beaumont (died 1810), French transvestite
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