Definition of transvestite in English:


Line breaks: trans|vest|ite
Pronunciation: /tranzˈvɛstʌɪt
, trɑːnz-, -ns-/


A person, typically a man, who derives pleasure from dressing in clothes appropriate to the opposite sex.
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  • And besides the fun of dressing up as a woman at Carnival, genuine transvestites in Panama face discrimination, pushed to the edges of society.
  • Although a great many of the transvestites simply look like men in women's clothes, many were very convincing.
  • Like there's transsexuals, then there's transvestites who are gay and transvestites who are straight.


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



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  • 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.


noun & adjective ( dated )
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  • 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: /-tʌɪtɪz(ə)m/
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  • 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?

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