Two-spirit Definition

to͝ospĭrĭt
noun
A person, especially a Native American man, who assumes the gender identity and is granted the social status of the opposite sex.
American Heritage
adjective

(theology) Involving two spirits; especially, pertaining to the doctrine of dualism espoused in the so-called Treatise on the Two Spirits in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Wiktionary

(of a Native American) Identifying as any of various tribal third genders, rather than as wholly male or female; transgender.

Wiktionary

(of a Native American) Identifying as any of various tribal third genders, rather than as wholly male or female; transgender.

Wiktionary

(theology) Involving two spirits; especially, pertaining to the doctrine of dualism espoused in the so-called Treatise on the Two Spirits in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Other Word Forms of Two-spirit

Noun

Singular:
two-spirit
Plural:
two-spirits

Origin of Two-spirit

  • A calque of Ojibwe niizh manidoowag (“two spirits"), from niizh (“two") + manidoo (“spirit"). Replaced berdache, which had come to be considered offensive.

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  • From two +"Ž spirit. Replaced berdache in reference to Native Americans.

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  • From two +"Ž spirit.

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