[trans-ves-tiz-uh m, tranz-]


the practice, especially of men, of wearing clothing usually associated with the opposite sex for psychological gratification.

Nearby words

  1. transversectomy,
  2. transversely,
  3. transversion,
  4. transversion mutation,
  5. transverter,
  6. transvestite,
  7. transylvania,
  8. transylvanian alps,
  9. trantas dot,
  10. tranter

Also trans·ves·ti·tism [trans-ves-ti-tiz-uh m, tranz-] /trænsˈvɛs tɪˌtɪz əm, trænz-/.

Origin of transvestism

1925–30; < German Transvestismus < Latin trāns- trans- + vest(īre) to clothe + German -ismus -ism

Related formstrans·ves·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for transvestism


[trăns-vĕstĭz′əm, trănz-]


The practice of dressing in clothes traditionally associated with the opposite gender.

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