transgender [trans-jen-der, tranz‐] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. noting or relating to a person whose gender identity does not correspond to that person’s biological sex assigned at birth: the transgender movement; transgender rights.
  2. noting or relating to a person who does not conform to societal gender norms or roles.


  1. Usually Offensive. a person who is transgender.

Compare cisgender. Origin of transgender First recorded in 1970–75; trans- + gender1 Usage note The term transgender has largely replaced the older term transsexual, which is now considered outdated. Transgender is a less clinical term, referring more to gender identity and gender expression than to sexual orientation or physical sex characteristics. It is also a more general and inclusive term: a transgender person may be gay, transsexual, transvestite, or even genderqueer. Use of transgender as a noun is declining in use and is usually taken as offensive. And people object to the adjectival variant transgendered because the –ed suffix could imply that something happened to make the person transgender. Examples from the Web for transgender Contemporary Examples of transgender

  • He identifies as transgender on Scruff but not always on Grindr.

    Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem

    David Levesley

    January 9, 2015

  • He loves the fact that, like on Grindr, users can identify as transgender.

    Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem

    David Levesley

    January 9, 2015

  • Your death is a tragic bookend to a year touted as the “transgender tipping point.”

    Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen

    Parker Molloy

    January 1, 2015

  • Through Weirich, she also met her wife Alice Levine, also a transgender woman.

    Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen

    Sharon Adarlo

    December 27, 2014

  • And as bad as it might be for gay or lesbian people, the discrimination is markedly worse for transgender people.

    State of LGBT Rights: Married on Sunday, but Fired on Monday

    Gene Robinson

    December 14, 2014

  • British Dictionary definitions for transgender transgender adjective

    1. of or relating to a person who wants to belong to the opposite sex

    Derived Formstransgendered, adjective Word Origin and History for transgender adj.

    by 1988, from trans- + gender. Related: Transgendered.

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