trans·​ves·​tite | \ tran(t)s-ˈve-ˌstīt How to pronounce transvestite (audio) , tranz- \

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

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Other Words from transvestite

transvestism \ tran(t)s-​ˈve-​ˌsti-​zəm How to pronounce transvestism (audio) \ or less commonly transvestitism \ tran(t)s-​ˈve-​ˌsti-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce transvestitism (audio) \ noun
transvestite adjective

Examples of transvestite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First, Johnson and Rivera were transvestites, not transgender (a term that appeared only later). Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "The Overreach of LGBTQ Activism," 5 July 2019 In the '80s, Hunter experienced a strange career revival of sorts when the eccentric indie filmmaker John Waters cast him in a couple of projects opposite the transvestite performer Divine, and the films became cult classics. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Remembering Tab Hunter," 11 July 2018 Jesus Christ, Harriet Tubman and a transvestite fairy are all involved in the mystery thriller, opening March 1. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Steve Martin musical, Edgar Allen Poe highlight new Phoenix Theatre season," 9 July 2018 She could just as easily be called, in the language of the later twentieth century, a fetishistic transvestite, a lesbian, a latent transsexual or a hermaphrodite. Longreads, "The Roaring Girls of Queer London," 8 May 2018 Beatniks, transvestites and obvious homosexuals are conspicuously absent. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Charles Murray Is a Marketing Genius," 11 Apr. 2018 My friend Paul Salopek produced dozens of investigative stories, about abuses by the border patrol, the inhalant epidemic, the lives of transvestite prostitutes in Juarez. Steve Almond, Longreads, "My Own ‘Bad Story’: I Thought Journalism Would Make a Hero of Me," 3 Apr. 2018 Allegedly, the rest of the band along with models and transvestites attended a party in the bar’s basement, waiting to be called to set, but never were. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Before Taylor Swift's 'Delicate,' These 10 Songs Had More Than One Music Video," 30 Mar. 2018 Hailed as a passable lookalike for Sean Penn, the easygoing dude immediately catches the eye of world-weary transvestite proprietor Deusimar (Yuri Yamamoto). Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'My Own Private Hell' ('Inferninho'): Film Review | Rotterdam 2018," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of transvestite

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transvestite

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

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The first known use of transvestite was in 1911

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“Transvestite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of transvestite

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

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