1. Designating a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond to that person's sex at birth, or which does not otherwise conform to conventional notions of sex and gender.Although now typically used as an umbrella term which includes any or all non-conventional gender identities, in wider use transgender is sometimes used synonymously with the more specific terms transsexual or transvestite.
2. Of or characterized by transgenderism; of or relating to transgender people.
1. A transgender person; (sometimes) spec. a person who is transsexual or transvestite. Also occasionally (with the and plural agreement): transgender people as a class.Cf. note at sense A. 1.
2. Transgenderism; transgender identity, experience, etc.
transgender umbrella n. the range of non-conventional gender identities covered by the use of transgender as a generic and inclusive term (see note at sense A. 1); the term transgender as used in this way.Originally and frequently in diagrams showing the gender identities covered by the term.
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