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English definition of “cross-dressing”


noun [U]     /ˌkrɒsˈdres.ɪŋ/ US  /ˌkrɑːs-/
the act of wearing the clothes of the opposite sex : There's a lot of cross-dressing in British pantomimes , where men dress up as Dames and a woman plays the part of the young hero .Relating to sexual preference cross-dresser     /ˌkrɒsˈdres.ər/ US  /ˌkrɑːsˈdres.ɚ/ noun [C] → Synonym transvestiteRelating to sexual preference
(Definition of cross-dressing noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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