cis·​gen·​der (ˌ)sis-ˈjen-dər How to pronounce cisgender (audio)
variants or less commonly cisgendered
: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity corresponds with the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth
I grew up in a family with a cisgender and heterosexually identified mother and father of the same race (White) who had 2 children when they were well into their late 20s and early 30s and after they legally married with the full support of both their families.Carla A. Pfeffer
In a very real and measurable way, cisgender identity is no longer unmarked, universal, or assumed. It is denoted, limited, and in conversation with trans identities—or at least we're moving in that direction.Hugh Ryan

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Proponents of anti-trans feminism have argued that trans women diminish the power and rights of cisgender women. Anne Branigin, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 Among infections of cisgender women with available data, 44% were among Black women, 25% among white women and 23% among Hispanic women. Bymary Kekatos, ABC News, 5 Jan. 2023 The new study — the largest to date — expands on research that has highlighted the temporary effects of COVID-19 vaccines on menstrual cycles but until now focused primarily on cisgender women who menstruate. Knvul Sheikh,, 17 July 2022 The new policy requires transgender competitors to have completed their transition by age 12 to be able to compete in competitions with cisgender women and girls. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 16 July 2022 Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would block federal funding to colleges where transgender women are allowed to participate in sports with cisgender women. Reuters, NBC News, 14 July 2022 Several prominent athletes, including Olympic gold medalist and former US soccer player Lori Lindsey and WNBA player Brianna Turner, have expressed their support in allowing trans women to play alongside cisgender women. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 15 Dec. 2022 More than half of all those school board members identified as cisgender gay men — including Hoyler, who first ran for the board and lost in 2019. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2022 Other recent Broadway film-to-stage adaptations, such as Tootsie and Mrs. Doubtfire, have come under fire for their use of cisgender actors in roles that use the idea of a man in a dress as part of their humor. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


cis + gender entry 1

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cisgender was in 1994

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“Cisgender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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