trans

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adjective

transgender or transsexual: Their son is trans. Laura is a trans woman.

noun

a person who is transgender or transsexual.

Nearby words

  1. trans female,
  2. trans male,
  3. trans man,
  4. trans person,
  5. trans woman,
  6. trans-alai,
  7. trans-alaska pipeline,
  8. trans-atlantic,
  9. trans-fat,
  10. trans-fatty acid

Origin of trans

by shortening

Usage note

Many transgender people prefer writing trans compounds as two words, as in trans man, trans woman, and trans person . When so written as an open compound with a space, trans functions as an adjective modifying a noun such as man. Spelling these words as closed or hyphenated compounds, as in transmale and trans-people, loses the distinction between trans as a descriptive adjective and man , woman , or person as a human being. Similarly, cis male and cis female are the preferred spelling of these terms.

trans.

trans-

a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin (transcend; transfix); on this model, used with the meanings “across,” “beyond,” “through,” “changing thoroughly,” “transverse,” in combination with elements of any origin: transisthmian; trans-Siberian; transempirical; transvalue.
Chemistry. a prefix denoting a geometric isomer having a pair of identical atoms or groups on the opposite sides of two atoms linked by a double bond.Compare cis-(def 2).
Astronomy. a prefix denoting something farther from the sun (than a given planet): trans-Martian; trans-Neptunian.
a prefix meaning “on the other side of,” referring to the misalignment of one’s gender identity with one's biological sex assigned at birth: transgender; transsexual.

Origin of trans-

< Latin, combining form of trāns (adv. and preposition) across, beyond, through

in trans.

in transit; en route.

Origin of in trans.

From the Latin word in trānsitū

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British Dictionary definitions for trans

trans.

abbreviation for

transaction
transferred
transitive
translated
translator

trans-

sometimes before s- tran-

prefix

across, beyond, crossing, on the other sidetransoceanic; trans-Siberian; transatlantic
changing thoroughlytransliterate
transcendingtransubstantiation
transverselytransect
(often in italics) indicating that a chemical compound has a molecular structure in which two groups or atoms are on opposite sides of a double bondtrans-butadiene Compare cis- (def. 2)

Word Origin for trans-

from Latin trāns across, through, beyond

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Word Origin and History for trans

trans-

prefix meaning "across, beyond, to go beyond," from Latin trans-, from prep. trans "across, over, beyond," probably originally present participle of a verb *trare-, meaning "to cross" (see through).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for trans

trans

[ trăns, trănz ]

adj.

Having two genes, each carrying a mutation, located on opposite chromosomes of a homologous pair.

trans-

pref.

Across; on the other side; beyond:transilient.
Through:transpiration.
Change; transfer:transketolation.
Having a pair of identical atoms on opposite sides of two atoms linked by a double bond. Used of a geometric isomer. Usually in italic:trans-butene.

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