One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person, typically a man, who derives pleasure from dressing in clothes primarily associated with the opposite sex.
- ‘Delicate, beautiful, with stunning actors, and transvestites, this film received a standing ovation at Cannes - it will leave you speechless.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The passenger rolled down the window and I saw that the occupants were two transvestites.’
- ‘From the day it was realized that they were different from both men and women, transvestites have been constantly singled out and teased endlessly.’
- ‘In the very Latin culture of the prison, transvestites were treated well - as ladies - with cell block marriages performed and recognised.’
- ‘Although a great many of the transvestites simply look like men in women's clothes, many were very convincing.’
- ‘The writer of this diatribe is obviously ignorant of the differences between drag queens, transvestites and transsexuals.’
- ‘How do you know that they are transvestites?’
- ‘There she worked as a fixer in the red-light district hooking up transvestites with men and pick-pocketing punters.’
1920s: from German Transvestit, from Latin trans- ‘across’ + vestire ‘clothe’.
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