transvestite

noun trans·ves·tite \ tran(t)s-ˈve-ˌstīt , tranz- \
|Updated on: 20 Jul 2018

Definition of transvestite

: a person who wears clothes designed for the opposite sex : a cross-dresser
  • An older term for crossdresser is transvestite. Crossdressers often dress only in certain situations. They do not usually identify as transgender—most identify as straight men.
  • —Laura Erickson-Schroth

transvestism

play \tran(t)s-ˈve-ˌsti-zəm\ or less commonly transvestitism play \tran(t)s-ˈve-ˌsti-ˌti-zəm\ noun

transvestite

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of transvestite

German Transvestit, from Latin trans- + vestire to clothe — more at 2vest


TRANSVESTITE Defined for English Language Learners

transvestite

Definition of transvestite for English Language Learners

  • : a person who likes to dress like a person of the opposite sex


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of transvestite


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