transvestite [trans- ves-tahyt, tranz-] Word Origin See more synonyms for transvestite on Thesaurus.com a person, especially a male, who assumes the dress and manner usually associated with the opposite sex.
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British Dictionary definitions for transvestite a person who seeks sexual pleasure from wearing clothes that are normally associated with the opposite sex any cross-dresser See cross-dressing Derived Forms transvestism or transvestitism, noun Word Origin for transvestite
C19: from German
Transvestit, from trans- + Latin vestītus clothed, from vestīre to clothe
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Word Origin and History for transvestite n.
"person with a strong desire to dress in clothing of the opposite sex," 1922, from German
Transvestit (1910), coined from Latin trans- "across" (see trans-) + vestire "to dress, to clothe" (see wear (v.)). Cf. also travesty, which is the same word, older, and passed through French and Italian. Shortened form trannie first recorded 1983 (in 1960s this was used as a slang shortening of transistor radio). Transvestism is first attested 1928.
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transvestite [trăns-vĕs ′tīt′, trănz-] One who practices transvestism.
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