eonism

[ee-uh-niz-uh m]

noun Psychiatry.

the adoption of feminine mannerisms, clothing, etc., by a male.

Nearby words

  1. eolith,
  2. eolithic,
  3. eolus,
  4. eon,
  5. eonian,
  6. eop,
  7. eos,
  8. eosin,
  9. eosine,
  10. eosinopenia

Origin of eonism

1925–30; after the Chevalier d'Éon (died 1810), Frenchman who posed as a woman

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British Dictionary definitions for eonism

eonism

noun

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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