drag king

noun

plural drag kings
: a person and especially a woman who dresses as a man and performs as an entertainer in male drag (see drag entry 1 sense 7b(1))
Likewise, drag kings, who are traditionally females, dress as stereotypically masculine characters.Laura Wavra
While traditionally drag kings involved women stepping into the roles—and clothes—of their male counterparts, today it's not that simple.David Friend
… blind, non-binary drag king Tito Bone showcases their signature skills of song, dance and audio description.Impact News Service (London)

Examples of drag king in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drag Race is such a viral and mainstream platform that absolutely drag kings deserve to be on. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 25 Mar. 2024 The Boulet Brothers' Dragula also crowned a cis woman as winner when drag king Landon Cider was named season 3 victor in 2019. EW.com, 21 Nov. 2023 Or, for that matter, consider the frequency with which drag kings perform in cowboy boots. Gabriel N. Rosenberg, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 The eight-episode season was taped last summer in New York, but White — an office administrator at a Chicago women’s physical therapy center by day and a drag king performer in evenings — nearly missed out on a couple of chances to be on it. The Indianapolis Star, 25 July 2023 Hundreds planned to dance to Bollywood songs, cheer South Asian drag kings and munch on biryani rice and samosas. Jeong Park, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2023 Her own experience inspired her to seek out the stories of lesbian elders across the city, from activists to drag kings to poets. Keely Weiss, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 June 2023 DJs provide the vibes, while host Citrine and 16 drag kings and queens take the stage throughout the day. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 8 June 2023 From a drag king who fought discrimination on the streets of New York to a famous mathematician who stood up to adversity despite legal limitations, here are five LGBTQ figures to know. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 1 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drag king was in 1972

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“Drag king.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drag%20king. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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