trans person

GC: n

S: BBC – (last access: 16 August 2021); HBR – (last access: 16 August 2021).

N: 1. – trans (adj): The adjective “trans” is a shortening for the terms “transsexual” and “transgender”.
. A term that describes a person whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth.
– person (n): early 13c., from Old French persone “human being, anyone, person” (12c., Modern French personne) and directly from Latin persona “human being, person, personage; a part in a drama, assumed character,” originally “a mask, a false face,” such as those of wood or clay worn by the actors in later Roman theater. Oxford English Dictionary offers the general 19c. explanation of persona as “related to” Latin personare “to sound through” (i.e. the mask as something spoken through and perhaps amplifying the voice), “but the long o makes a difficulty ….” Klein and Barnhart say it is possibly borrowed from Etruscan phersu “mask.” Klein goes on to say this is ultimately of Greek origin and compares Persephone.
2. A person whose sex does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth and who generally undertakes or wishes to undertake steps to change their sex assigned at birth.
4. The undertaking of a medical transition (e.g. hormone therapy, surgeries or other procedures) used to distinguish a transsexual person from a transgender person.
5. Some people prefer the terms “transgender” or “trans” because to them, the term “transsexual” feels dated, pejorative and strongly medically connoted. Others have reappropriated the term “transsexual” and use it as a form of positive self-identification.

S: 1. MW – (last access: 17 April 2021); NIC – (last access: 17 April 2021); OED – (last access: 17 April 2021). 2 to 5. TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 16 August 2021).

SYN: transsexual person, trans-sexual person, transexual person, transsexual (avoid, noun, pejorative), trans-sexual (avoid, noun, pejorative), transexual (avoid, noun, pejorative), trans (avoid, noun, pejorative).

S: TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 16 August 2021)

CR: gender, gender dysphoria.