transsexual

adjective
trans·​sex·​u·​al | \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce transsexual (audio) , -shəl \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of transsexual

: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity is opposite the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth

Note: Transsexual people may or may not undergo surgery and hormone therapy to obtain a physical appearance typical of the gender they identify as.

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Other Words from transsexual

transsexual or less commonly transexual noun
transsexualism or less commonly transexualism \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˈsek-​sh(ə-​)wə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce transexualism (audio) , -​shə-​ˌli-​ \ noun
transsexuality or less commonly transexuality \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˌsek-​shə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce transexuality (audio) \ noun

Examples of transsexual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than half of those were against transvestite, transsexual and transgender women, according to the National Observatory of LGBT Hate Crimes. NBC News, "Argentine television gets its first transgender news anchor," 20 Mar. 2020 Nineteen will showcase artworks exclusively by women and will include works by at least one transsexual woman. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Museum of Art will only acquire works from women next year: ‘You have to do something radical’," 15 Nov. 2019 Dasha Burns, a writer and strategist, wrote in a CNN op-ed in 2016 that people who menstruate -- including women, young girls, transsexual men and non-binary folks -- don't have a choice to not purchase menstrual products. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Ohio might become the latest state to end the tax on pads and tampons. Here are others that already have," 15 Oct. 2019 The idea of a transsexual lesbian was novel, and Bornstein’s new friends asked a lot of questions. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Coming Out, and Rising Up, in the Fifty Years After Stonewall," 28 June 2019 Dana International’s win was controversial in Israel, as some members of the Orthodox community condemned the idea of the country being represented by a transsexual performer. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "S-Curve Records Signs Eurovision Winner Netta's Pop Anthem 'Toy'," 29 May 2018 At the time, some of the more common terms did in fact start that way (transgender, transsexual). Katy Steinmetz, Time, "The Oxford English Dictionary Added 'Trans*.' Here's What the Label Means," 3 Apr. 2018 Imagine a couple-thousand impeccably dressed attendees -- gay, lesbian, straight, transsexual, black, white, purple and gold -- transfixed by a gorgeous rendition of the anthem, many with hands in the air and tears on their cheeks. Michael Dumas, AL.com, "Show Us Your Mardi Gras Gowns: LaShe's embark on an 'Underwater Fantasy'," 7 Feb. 2018 Dana International’s win was controversial in Israel, as some members of the Orthodox community condemned the idea of the country being represented by a transsexual performer. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "S-Curve Records Signs Eurovision Winner Netta's Pop Anthem 'Toy'," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of transsexual

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Transsexual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transsexual. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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transsexual

adjective
trans·​sex·​u·​al
variants: also transexual \ (ˈ)tran(t)s-​ˈsek-​sh(ə-​)-​wəl, -​ˈsek-​shəl How to pronounce transexual (audio) \

Medical Definition of transsexual

: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity is opposite the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth

Note: Transsexual people may or may not undergo surgery and hormone therapy to obtain a physical appearance typical of the gender they identify as.

Other Words from transsexual

transsexual also transexual noun
transsexualism also transexualism \ -​wə-​ˌliz-​əm, -​shə-​ˌliz-​ How to pronounce transexualism (audio) \ noun
transsexuality also transexuality \ -​ˌsek-​shə-​ˈwal-​ət-​ē How to pronounce transexuality (audio) \ noun, plural transsexualities also transexualities

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