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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who dresses and acts in a style or manner traditionally associated with the opposite sex.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who adopts the dress or manner or sexual role of the opposite sex
  • adj. receiving sexual gratification from wearing clothing of the opposite sex


German Transvestit : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin vestīre, to dress; see travesty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin trans- + vestite, form of vestiō ("I clothe, I dress") (as in English vestment, vest). Literally, a "cross-dresser". (Wiktionary)


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  • With a hint of a Québécois accent and impeccable French on the occasions he pulls it out, Gareth Potter carves out a strong, central performance as the title transvestite, who is really four layers of character pancaked on top of each other.

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  • Actually, it's worse than that because the Japanese transvestite is now leading Whitman by seven points in the polls.

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  • I had used the word transvestite and Glasgow in the post because one of the housemates was errrr... a transvestite from Glasgow.

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  • I watched an episode of PBS “Nature” the other day about how so called transvestite male cuttlefish, since they mimic females, managed to be more reproductively successful than the ordinary males.


  • For the night I was known as a transvestite named Elijah, due to my very manly voice.

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  • I've been bullied my entire life for not looking a certain way, especially because of who my sisters are and how they look — and he's the one writing 'transvestite' over my face or 'fugly' over my body.

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  • He got his way in other instances, too: though the censors made only a mild fuss about the toilet, there was a much bigger one about the graphic nature of Marion's murder and the use of the word "transvestite" during the shrink's closing monologue.

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  • Morrison has said in at least one interview that the song has nothing to do with any kind of transvestite - at least as far as he knows, he is quick to add - but that's bullshit.

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  • Bonnie "Unfortunately, in our society, the word "transvestite" may have negative connotations you're bringing over to the discussion."

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