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 Elliot Page coming out as trans isn’t about cisgender people at all. Elly Belle,, "Elliot Page Inspired Trans Joy — TERFs & Transphobes Can’t Take That Away," 8 Dec. 2020 However, cisgender women were much more likely to win. NBC News, "Record number of LGBTQ candidates won in November, new data reveals," 10 Dec. 2020 Vanya is a cisgender woman, but, sources told Variety there aren’t currently plans to change the character’s gender. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "The Ascent of Elliot Page," 4 Dec. 2020 Hollywood's casting dilemma: Should straight, cisgender actors play LGBTQ characters? Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, "This is America: Why young people of color need to be investing in the stock market," 3 Dec. 2020 Their risk for stroke or heart attack in the next 10 years was significantly higher than that of cisgender Americans in the same age group. NBC News, "Nearly 1 in 10 transgender Americans use nonprescription hormones, study finds," 16 Nov. 2020 Hollywood's casting dilemma: Should straight and cisgender actors play LGBTQ characters? Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, "Fierce. Savage. Flawless. Beyoncé makes history.," 24 Nov. 2020 Matherne said cisgender people don’t have to comprehend trans people to be kind. Susan Dunne,, "What is it like to be transgender? For Transgender Awareness Week, Connecticut residents tell their stories," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent controversy One of the biggest hurdles for transgender athletes, especially girls, is the belief by some that a transgender girl will be a higher-level competitor than the cisgender girls on her team. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA physical form asks athletes' sex assigned at birth and gender identity; is challenged as 'invasive'," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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“Cisgender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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