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transgender

[trans-jen-der, tranz‐] /ˌtrænsˈdʒɛn dər, ˌtrænz‐/
adjective, Also, transgendered
1.
noting or relating to a person whose gender identity does not correspond to that person’s biological sex assigned at birth: the transgender movement;
transgender rights.
2.
noting or relating to a person who does not conform to societal gender norms or roles.
noun
3.
a person who is transgender.
Compare cisgender.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; trans- + gender1
Usage note
The term transgender has largely replaced the older term transsexual, which is now considered outdated. Transgender is a less clinical term, referring more to gender identity and gender expression than to sexual orientation or physical sex characteristics. It is also a more general and inclusive term: a transgender person may be gay, transsexual, transvestite, or even genderqueer. Some transgender people object to the adjectival variant transgendered, because the –ed suffix could imply that something “happened” to make the person transgender. The adjective is more common than the noun; in fact, some people reject the use of transgender as a noun.
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British Dictionary definitions for trans-gender

transgender

/ˌtrænzˈdʒɛndə/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a person who wants to belong to the opposite sex
Derived Forms
transgendered, adjective
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Word Origin and History for trans-gender

transgender

adj.

by 1988, from trans- + gender. Related: Transgendered.

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