from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Usage Problem Among certain Native American peoples, a person, usually a male, who assumes the gender identity and is granted the social status of the opposite sex.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
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-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bardache, from Italian bardascia, perhaps from Arabic بردج (bardaj, "slave"). Compare bardash. (Wiktionary)