- 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.
Origin of 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The term transgender has largely replaced the older term transsexual, which is now considered outdated.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.
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Examples from the Web for transgender
He identifies as transgender on Scruff but not always on Grindr.
He loves the fact that, like on Grindr, users can identify as transgender.
Your death is a tragic bookend to a year touted as the “transgender tipping point.”Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
Through Weirich, she also met her wife Alice Levine, also a transgender woman.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
And as bad as it might be for gay or lesbian people, the discrimination is markedly worse for transgender people.State of LGBT Rights: Married on Sunday, but Fired on Monday
December 14, 2014
- of or relating to a person who wants to belong to the opposite sex
Word Origin and History for transgender
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper