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

Definition of transvestite in English:


A person, typically a man, who derives pleasure from dressing in clothes appropriate to the opposite sex.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

  • 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



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: /tranzˈvɛstɪz(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?

Words that rhyme with transvestite

airtight • Hittite

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