[ee-uh-niz-uh m]

noun Psychiatry.

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

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



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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