Definition of transvestite in English:


Pronunciation /tran(t)sˈvesˌtīt/ /træn(t)sˈvɛsˌtaɪt/ /tranzˈvesˌtīt/ /trænzˈvɛsˌtaɪt/

Translate transvestite into Spanish


  • A person who dresses in clothes primarily associated with the opposite sex (typically used of a man).

    ‘Although a great many of the transvestites simply look like men in women's clothes, many were very convincing.’
    • ‘Delicate, beautiful, with stunning actors, and transvestites, this film received a standing ovation at Cannes - it will leave you speechless.’
    • ‘In the very Latin culture of the prison, transvestites were treated well - as ladies - with cell block marriages performed and recognised.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How do you know that they are 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The writer of this diatribe is obviously ignorant of the differences between drag queens, transvestites and transsexuals.’
    • ‘There she worked as a fixer in the red-light district hooking up transvestites with men and pick-pocketing punters.’
    • ‘The passenger rolled down the window and I saw that the occupants were two transvestites.’


  • Wearing clothes associated primarily with the opposite sex.


1920s from German Transvestit, from Latin trans- ‘across’ + vestire ‘clothe’.