Definition of transvestite in English:



  • A person, typically a man, who derives pleasure from dressing in clothes primarily associated with the opposite sex.

    • ‘The writer of this diatribe is obviously ignorant of the differences between drag queens, transvestites and transsexuals.’
    • ‘Although a great many of the transvestites simply look like men in women's clothes, many were very convincing.’
    • ‘There she worked as a fixer in the red-light district hooking up transvestites with men and pick-pocketing punters.’
    • ‘I think that's very common: a lot of transvestites join the army or go into very macho careers as it's a fear of what's bubbling up inside you.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How do you know that they are transvestites?’
    • ‘The passenger rolled down the window and I saw that the occupants were two transvestites.’
    • ‘Men get into the house either by recommendation or after passing an extensive Internet obstacle course that only genuine transvestites would know how to do.’
    • ‘From the day it was realized that they were different from both men and women, transvestites have been constantly singled out and teased endlessly.’


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