Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Identifying as having a gender that corresponds to the sex one has been assigned at birth; not transgender.
  • adjective Of or relating to cisgender people.
  • noun A person who is cisgender.

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  • adjective LGBT, of a person Identifying with or experiencing a gender the same as one's biological sex or that is affirmed by society, e.g. being both male-gendered and male-sexed.

Etymologies

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

[cis– + gender (on the model of transgender).]

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From cis- +‎ gender, by analogy with transgender.

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  • “I have, for some time, been referring to a particularly irritating brand of privileged semi-feminism as “Liz Lemonism.” I associate this brand of feminism with a certain variety of white, coastal-city dwelling, fairly well-to-do heterosexual cisgendered woman, a woman with a comfortable white-collar job that is so very comfortable and so very white-collar that she is free to spend her spare time yearning for, and semi-believing that she could attain, something with more “meaning.”

    Tiger Beatdown, 13 Ways of Looking at Liz Lemon, by Sady, March 24, 2010

    March 31, 2010

  • Aimee Toms was washing her hands in the women’s bathroom at Walmart in Danbury Friday when a stranger approached her and said, “You’re disgusting!” and “You don’t belong here!”

    Toms’ has a short haircut because she recently donated hair - for the third time - to a program that makes wigs for child cancer patients.

    “I’ve had people call me all sorts of names for having short hair. I’ve had people call me a boy, I’ve had people call me a dyke, I’ve had people call me gay.” Toms said. “I’m grateful that that woman only called me disgusting and didn’t physically attack me … I was a victim of transphobia today as a cisgender female because my hair is short.”
    -Woman mistaken for transgender harassed in Walmart bathroom, May 16, 2016

    May 25, 2016