noun Etymology: German Transvestit, from Latin trans- + vestire to clothe — more at vest Date: circa 1922 a person and especially a male who adopts the dress and often the behavior typical of the opposite sex especially for purposes of emotional or sexual gratification • transvestism also transvestitism nountransvestite adjective

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  • transvestite — (n.) person with a strong desire to dress in clothing of the opposite sex, 1922, from Ger. Transvestit (1910), coined from L. trans across (see TRANS (Cf. trans )) + vestire to dress, to clothe (see WEAR (Cf. wear) (v.)). Cf. also TRAVESTY (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • transvestite — ► NOUN ▪ a person, typically a man, who derives pleasure from dressing in clothes considered appropriate to the opposite sex. DERIVATIVES transvestism noun. ORIGIN German Transvestit, from Latin trans across + vestire clothe …   English terms dictionary

  • transvestite — [trans ves′tīt΄, tranzves′tīt] n. [< TRANS + L vestire, to clothe (see VEST) + ITE1] a person who derives sexual pleasure from dressing in the clothes of the opposite sex transvestism [trans ves′tiz΄əm, tranz vestiz΄əm] n. transvestitism… …   English World dictionary

  • transvestite — UK [trænzˈvestaɪt] / US [trænzˈvesˌtaɪt] noun [countable] Word forms transvestite : singular transvestite plural transvestites someone who wears clothing typical of the opposite sex, especially for sexual pleasure …   English dictionary

  • Transvestite — A person who dresses in the clothing of the opposite sex, i.e., a person who cross dresses. * * * A person who practices transvestism. * * * trans·ves·tite tran(t)s ves .tīt, tranz n a person and esp. a male who adopts the dress and often the… …   Medical dictionary

  • transvestite — trans|ves|tite [trænzˈvestaıt US træns ] n [Date: 1900 2000; : German; Origin: transvestit, from Latin vestire to clothe ] someone, especially a man, who enjoys dressing like a person of the opposite sex →↑transsexual >transvestite adj… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • transvestite — [[t]trænzve̱staɪt[/t]] transvestites N COUNT A transvestite is a person, usually a man, who enjoys wearing clothes normally worn by people of the opposite sex. Syn: cross dresser …   English dictionary

  • transvestite — noun (C) someone who enjoys dressing like a person of the opposite sex transvestite adjective transvestism noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • transvestite — /trans ves tuyt, tranz /, n. a person, esp. a male, who assumes the dress and manner usually associated with the opposite sex. [1925 30; < G Transvestit; see TRANSVESTISM, ITE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • transvestite — noun A person who sometimes wears clothes traditionally worn by and associated with the opposite sex; typically a male who cross dresses occasionally by habit or compulsion. Syn: cross dresser, tranny, Trap, TV …   Wiktionary

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