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

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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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to express in a more acceptable way

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