cross-dress·​ing ˈkrȯs-ˌdre-siŋ How to pronounce cross-dressing (audio)
: the wearing of clothes designed for the opposite sex
cross-dress intransitive verb
cross-dresser noun

Examples of cross-dressing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While acknowledging the problematic nature of its comedy — which pokes fun at cross-dressing cis straight men — Some Like It Hot pushed boundaries in an era constrained by the Hays Code, paving the way for other films to discuss themes of gender performance and homosexuality. James Mercadante and Kelsie Calderon,, 19 Sep. 2023 British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn’s helmed a gonzo fantasy with a cross-dressing Robert De Niro, a vigilante superhero flick with a foul-mouthed, killer kid, and a delirious spin on Bond with Colin Firth. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 3 Feb. 2024 Some of her visuals portray cross-dressing and seem to reference to lesbian touchstones. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2024 Hollywood, cross-dressing on the screen was very well received. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2023 There was all this notion that cross-dressing was for entertainment. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2023 Citing both the Bible and the 17th-century Westminster Standards that form the basis of Presbyterianism, the overture argues that God created human beings male and female, that cross-dressing is immoral and that Jesus Christ strongly warned against scandalizing children. Jon Brown, Fox News, 30 Mar. 2023 Current debate about gender and sexuality in U.S. In the U.S., recent legislation has sought to restrict gender diversity in some states, with bills popping up across the country that target transgender people, cross-dressing and drag shows, and more. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 27 Mar. 2023 The latest of these, making national headlines in recent weeks, are the aforementioned Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 9, which seek to limit performances involving cross-dressing from happening in public, in places where minors are allowed, or within 1,000 feet of any schools, parks or churches. Chris Willman, Variety, 7 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cross-dressing was in 1911

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“Cross-dressing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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: the wearing of clothes made for the opposite sex

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