[trans-ves-tahyt, tranz-]
a person, especially a male, who assumes the dress and manner usually associated with the opposite sex.

1925–30; < German Transvestit; see transvestism, -ite1 Unabridged
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transvestite (trænzˈvɛstaɪt)
a person who seeks sexual pleasure from wearing clothes that are normally associated with the opposite sex
[C19: from German Transvestit, from trans- + Latin vestītus clothed, from vestīre to clothe]

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Word Origin & History

"person with a strong desire to dress in clothing of the opposite sex," 1922, from Ger. Transvestit (1910), coined from L. trans- "across" + vestire "to dress, to clothe" (see wear). Shortened form trannie first recorded 1983 (in 1960s this was used as a slang shortening of
transistor radio). Transvestism is first attested 1928.
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Medical Dictionary

transvestite trans·ves·tite (trāns-věs'tīt', trānz-)
One who practices transvestism.

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transvestite definition

Someone who dresses in the clothes usually worn by the opposite sex. Transvestites may be bisexual, heterosexual, or homosexual (see bisexuality, heterosexuality, and homosexuality).

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