berdache
noun Etymology: American French, alteration of French bardache catamite, from Italian dialect (southern Italy) bardascio, from Arabic bardaj slave, from Persian bardag prisoner, from Middle Persian vartak Date: 1806 sometimes offensive an American Indian who assumes the dress, social status, and role of the opposite sex

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  • berdache — noun /bəˈdaʃ/ 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. Male berdache have been documented in nearly 150 North… …   Wiktionary

  • berdache — /beuhr dash /, n. (in some American Indian tribes) a man who adopts the dress and social roles traditionally assigned to women. [1800 10; < North American F; F bardache passive partner in sodomy, boy prostitute < South Italian bardascia < Ar… …   Universalium

  • berdache — Cool Western Slang An Indian male who dressed and lived entirely as a woman, fulfiling that cultural role within the tribe. Sometimes called in Indian languages a would be woman and sometimes thought of as a third sex. Common among the tribes of… …   English dialects glossary

  • berdache — n. man who dressed like a woman, man who acted like a woman (among the North American Indians) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • berdache — ber·dache …   English syllables

  • berdache — ber•dache [[t]bərˈdæʃ[/t]] n. ant (in some American Indian tribes) a man who adopts the dress and social roles traditionally assigned to women • Etymology: 1800–10; < North American F; F bardache boy prostitute < South Italian bardascia… …   From formal English to slang

  • berdache — bə(r)ˈdash noun ( s) Etymology: French bardache homosexual male more at bardash : an American Indian transvestite assuming more or less permanently the dress, social status, and role of a woman …   Useful english dictionary

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