(anthropology) Among Native Americans, a person who identifies with any of a variety of gender identities which are not exclusively those of their biological sex; a transgender person. [from the 1890s; peaked in commonness in the 1990s]
Other Word Forms of Berdache
Origin of Berdache
North American French from French bardache catamite from Italian dialectal bardascia from Arabic bardaj slave from Persian bardah prisoner from Middle Persian vartak from Old Iranian varta- welə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From French bardache, from Italian bardascia, perhaps from Arabic بردج (bardaj, “slave”). Compare bardash.
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