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transgender

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From trans- +‎ gender.

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transgender (comparative more transgender, superlative most transgender)

  1. (narrowly, of a person) Having a gender identity (self-image) which is the opposite of one's physical sex: being physically male but identifying as female, or vice versa. (Compare transsexual, and the following sense.)
    • 2010, Jessica Green, "I'm sorry, I'm not lesbian", The Guardian, 3 Mar 2010:
      One head of a small gay charity visibly flinched when I mentioned my boyfriend and has been cold towards me ever since. I've even caught someone staring down my top to see if I'm transgender.
    • 2010, Natasha Lennard, "City Room", New York Times, 7 Apr 2010:
      But the inclusion of the word “trannie” — a pejorative, in some circles — in the title, and the film’s parodic representation of transgender women, has offended many people.
  2. (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.)
    • 1992, Maximum rocknroll, number 109‎: 
      I think the new punk rockers are going to be more androgynous, more bisexual, more transgender, more ethnically diverse and less willing to take shit than ...
    • 1998, John Cloud, "Trans across America", Time, 20 Feb 1998:
      Their first step was to reclaim the power to name themselves: transgender is now the term most widely used, and it encompasses everyone from cross-dressers (those who dress in clothes of the opposite sex) to transsexuals (those who surgically "correct" their genitals to match their "real" gender).

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  • TG (abbreviated form)

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NounEdit

transgender (usually uncountable, plural transgenders)

  1. (now rare) Transgenderism; the state of being transgender. (Compare transsex.)
    • 2007, Alison Stone, An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (ISBN 074563883X), page 41
      Before we can answer this question, we need to consider two other phenomena – transsex and transgender – which also expose the muddle within conventional categories of sex.
  2. (sometimes considered offensive) A transgender person.
    • 2005, Walter Bockting & Eric Avery, Transgender Health and HIV Prevention, p. 116:
      In a patriarchal society in which machismo rules, MTF transgenders represent a challenge to traditional masculinity due to their renouncing of the male position of social power.
    • 2006, Jayne Caudwell, Sport, Sexualities and Queer/theory, p. 122:
      Individual transgenders could compete in any division; however, transgender teams could not play against biological women's teams.

Usage notesEdit

  • See the usage note at transsexual regarding the use of this type of word as a noun.

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transgender (third-person singular simple present transgenders, present participle transgendering, simple past and past participle transgendered)

  1. To change the gender of; (used loosely) to change the sex of. (Compare transsex.)

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AfrikaansEdit

AdjectiveEdit

transgender

  1. transgender

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English transgender. See also gender.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

transgender (invariable, not comparable)

  1. transgender

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