berdache

noun
ber·​dache | \ bər-ˈdash How to pronounce berdache (audio) \

Definition of berdache

sometimes offensive
: an American Indian who assumes the dress, social status, and role of the opposite sex

First Known Use of berdache

1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for berdache

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

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Cite this Entry

“Berdache.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/berdache. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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