Meaning of trans- in English:


Pronunciation /trans/ /trɑːns/ /tranz/ /trɑːnz/


  • 1Across; beyond.

    • ‘transgress’
    1. 1.1On or to the other side of.
      Often contrasted with cis- (sense 1)
      • ‘transalpine’
  • 2Through.

    • ‘transonic’
    1. 2.1Into another state or place.
      • ‘translate’
    2. 2.2Surpassing; transcending.
      • ‘transfinite’
  • 3Referring or relating to people whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.

    Compare with cis- (sense 2)

    • ‘transphobia’
  • 4usually trans-Chemistry
    Denoting molecules with trans arrangements of substituents.

    • ‘trans-1,2-dichloroethene’
    1. 4.1Genetics Denoting alleles on different chromosomes.


From Latin trans ‘across’.