Definitions

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

  • adjective Identifying as or having undergone medical treatment to become a member of the opposite sex.
  • adjective Of or relating to transgender people.
  • noun One who is transgender.

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  • adjective of a person Having changed gender identity from male to female, or from female to male. (Compare transsexual.)
  • adjective broadly, of a person Not identifying with culturally conventional gender roles and categories of male or female; having changed gender identity from male to female or female to male, or identifying with elements of both, or having some other gender identity. (Compare transsexual, transvestite and genderqueer.)
  • noun Transgenderism.
  • noun A transgender person.
  • verb To change the gender of; (used loosely) to change the sex of.

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

  • adjective involving a partial or full reversal of gender

Etymologies

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From trans- +‎ gender.

Examples

  • She also notes that even the term transgender contains meanings which are "still under construction," suggesting an intellectual movement of savvy terminology which continues to evolve.

    Review of Transgender History

  • PINSKY: Does the term transgender trouble you in some way or?

    CNN Transcript Jul 24, 2009

  • She also notes that even the term transgender contains meanings which are "still under construction," suggesting an intellectual movement of savvy terminology which continues to evolve.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Now 70, Richards rejects the term transgender along with all the fluidity it conveys.

    (Rethinking) Gender

  • More recently, the term transgender can also mean someone who considers that they fall "between" genders, not identifying strictly to one gender or the other, identifying themselves as neither fully male, nor female.

    09/28/2007

  • As a young boy she had not yet learned the term transgender, which describes a person whose emotional identity does not conform to his or her birth gender.

    Freep.com - RSS

  • But Clinton did not use the term transgender in his version.

    Dakota Voice

  • Never mind that the word "transgender" never appears in the article, nor does it discuss the issue of "acceptance."

    Terry Krepel: The Media Research Center's Transgender Freakout

  • BRENDA WADE, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: Jane, before we even get to those changes, there ` s a lot of emotional upset for somebody who has what we call transgender dysphoria (ph), which is a lot of the emotional disturbance or even depression.

    CNN Transcript Jun 12, 2009

  • These attacks result in transgender citizens being forced out of their neighborhoods.

    Turkish parliament questioned on trans safety

Comments

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  • Hello, i'm new here. How do i fix things in Wordnik? Listing "homosexual" as an "equivalent" is just plain incorrect. Transgender is about gender (socially constructed). Homosexual is about sexual attraction (sex, not gender).

    October 22, 2012