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transvestite

[trans-ves-tahyt, tranz-] /trænsˈvɛs taɪt, trænz-/
noun
1.
a person, especially a male, who assumes the dress and manner usually associated with the opposite sex.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < German Transvestit; see transvestism, -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for transvestite

transvestite

/trænzˈvɛstaɪt/
noun
1.
a person who seeks sexual pleasure from wearing clothes that are normally associated with the opposite sex
2.
any cross-dresser See cross-dressing
Derived Forms
transvestism, transvestitism, noun
Word Origin
C19: from German Transvestit, from trans- + Latin vestītus clothed, from vestīre to clothe
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Word Origin and History for transvestite
transvestite
"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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transvestite in Medicine

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

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transvestite in Culture

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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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