Definition of transvestite in English:

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Pronunciation: /tranzˈvɛstʌɪt/
Pronunciation: /trɑːnzˈvɛstʌɪt/ Pronunciation: /transˈvɛstʌɪt/ Pronunciation: /trɑːnsˈvɛstʌɪt/


A person, typically a man, who derives pleasure from dressing in clothes appropriate to the opposite sex.
Example sentences
  • Although a great many of the transvestites simply look like men in women's clothes, many were very convincing.
  • Delicate, beautiful, with stunning actors, and transvestites, this film received a standing ovation at Cannes - it will leave you speechless.
  • In the very Latin culture of the prison, transvestites were treated well - as ladies - with cell block marriages performed and recognised.



Pronunciation: /tranzˈvɛstɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • We are advised by a Cuban exile that ‘publicly manifested’ can mean anything taken as a public indication of homosexuality, e.g. clothing or behaviour or transvestism.
  • They claimed that the subject matter of the show, including homosexuality and transvestism, was not appropriate for a Catholic Primary School, or for children attending any Primary School.
  • Part of the programme dealt quite nicely with the subject of transvestism, and whilst perhaps the approach was a little too sympathetic, the whole subject was treated in a dignified manner.


Pronunciation: /tranzˈvɛstɪst/
noun & adjective ( dated)
Example sentences
  • Interesting, we made a boat trip with a friend who is gay and has transvestist club in Prague.
  • Not that one wishes to be transvestist in any way, but it did take them an alarmingly long time to find out.
  • Lola has a transvestist and gay sexual character.


Pronunciation: /tranzˈvɛstɪtɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • This supposedly groundbreaking study into transvestitism (it claims to be) offers no real insights into anything.
  • For Karolina transvestitism is like acting in a male theatre in Japan, where the women are not allowed and men perform all the parts.
  • The kind of emotional and physical acts like cross-dressing or transvestitism you have painted so often?


1920s: from German Transvestit, from Latin trans- 'across' + vestire 'clothe'.

  • travesty from mid 17th century:

    Both travesty and transvestite go back to Latin trans ‘across’ and vestire ‘to clothe’, and in the theatre a travesty role is still one designed to be played by a cross-dressing performer. The earliest use of travesty, which came through French travesti, ‘disguised’, was ‘dressed to appear ridiculous’. The usual modern sense, ‘a false or absurd representation of something’, developed from the word's application to literary parodies and burlesques. Academic interest in sexuality developed in Germany and Austria in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the immediate source of transvestite, recorded from the 1920s, was German Transvestit. See also invest

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