[ trans-ves-tiz-uh m, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈvɛs tɪz əm, trænz- /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM transvestism

trans·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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