[ trans-ves-tahyt, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈvɛs taɪt, trænz- /


a person, especially a male, who assumes the dress and manner usually associated with the opposite sex.

Origin of transvestite

1925–30; < German Transvestit; see transvestism, -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for transvestite

/ (trænzˈvɛstaɪt) /


a person who seeks sexual pleasure from wearing clothes that are normally associated with the opposite sex
any cross-dresserSee cross-dressing

Derived forms of transvestite

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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Medicine definitions for transvestite

[ trăns-vĕstīt′, trănz- ]


One who practices transvestism.
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Culture definitions for transvestite


Someone who dresses in the clothes usually worn by the opposite sex. Transvestites may be bisexual, heterosexual, or homosexual (see bisexuality, heterosexuality, and homosexuality).

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