[ trans-jen-der, tranz‐ ]
/ ˌtrænsˈdʒɛn dər, ˌtrænz‐ /


noting or relating to a person whose gender identity does not correspond to that person’s biological sex assigned at birth: the transgender movement; transgender rights.
noting or relating to a person who does not conform to societal gender norms or roles.


Usually Offensive. a person who is transgender.
Compare cisgender.

Origin of transgender

First recorded in 1970–75; trans- + gender1

usage note for transgender

The term transgender has largely replaced the older term transsexual, which is now considered outdated. Transgender is a less clinical term, referring more to gender identity and gender expression than to sexual orientation or physical sex characteristics. It is also a more general and inclusive term: a transgender person may be gay, transsexual, transvestite, or even genderqueer. Use of transgender as a noun is declining in use and is usually taken as offensive. And people object to the adjectival variant transgendered because the –ed suffix could imply that something happened to make the person transgender. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for transgender

/ (ˌtrænzˈdʒɛndə) /


of or relating to a person who wants to belong to the opposite sex

Derived forms of transgender

transgendered, adjective
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