cis·​gen·​der | \ (ˌ)sis-ˈjen-dər How to pronounce cisgender (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cisgendered \ (ˌ)sis-​ˈjen-​dərd How to pronounce cisgender (audio) \

Definition of cisgender

: 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

Examples of cisgender in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gap was even more severe for transgender people of color, who were six times as likely to experience food insufficiency as cisgender white adults. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 During the October school board meeting, Hemmer said the rights of cisgender boys at the school were being ignored, and questioned whether transgender students should use separate, gender-neutral bathrooms. NBC News, 14 Dec. 2021 Research suggests there are about 4,000 transgender children in Virginia and studies show that transgender youth attempt suicide at a much higher rate than cisgender youth. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, transgender and gender non-conforming adults in the state are more likely to report psychological distress than cisgender peers. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 20 Nov. 2021 McKinsey found that trans respondents were 2.4 times more likely than cisgender respondents to be employed in the food and retail industries, where entry level jobs generally pay minimum wage. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 15 Nov. 2021 Until very recently, that sense of belonging was limited to slim, white, able-bodied, cisgender girls. Jennifer G. Sullivan, Allure, 31 Dec. 2021 Underwear designed for cisgender women may have lace or satin that hug the hips. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 In a second trial, 3,224 cisgender women received either Apretude or Truvada. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of cisgender

1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cisgender

cis + gender entry 1

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21 Jan 2022

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“Cisgender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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