drag queen


Definition of drag queen

: a usually gay man who dresses as a woman and performs as an entertainer especially to caricature stereotypically vampish women

Examples of drag queen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eureka O’Hara is helping Billboard Pride celebrate LGBTQ heroes during Pride Month by leading a herstory lesson on iconic actor, singer and drag queen Divine. Rebecca Schiller, Billboard, "Watch Eureka O'Hara Give a Pride Month Herstory Lesson on Divine," 28 June 2018 Of course, drag queens, hundreds of artists on Instagram, and countless others in the LGBTQIA+ community deserve to be acknowledged in this conversation too. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Pat McGrath Invented Euphoria Makeup — Let's Not Forget That," 12 Sep. 2019 Every week, the bar was crowded with a medley of folks — from drag queens dancing through crowds of newbies to regulars returning for a night of fun. Daily Pilot, "Laguna’s former Boom Boom Room slated to become Bear Flag Fish Co.," 14 Aug. 2019 There was the usual lineup of pink balloons, dogs in rainbow scarves and drag queens in rainbow regalia. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "SF Pride Weekend kicks into gear with pink triangle installation, Dyke March," 29 June 2019 Apparently, the duo (who famously hung out a while back with Emma Stone) were at the bar with a group of friends when Adele and Lawrence were called on stage by the evening's emcee, drag queen Brita Filter. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Fans Think Adele Threw Jennifer Lawrence a Bachelorette Party, and It Looked So Fun," 23 Mar. 2019 The hotel pub was a set for the 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, about a trio of drag queens touring the outback. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 The foibles of three drag queens traveling cross-country. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Everything Coming To Netflix In August," 25 July 2019 At events, Glass, 42, posed with drag queens and marched triumphantly through town centers holding his husband’s hand. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "A gay politician pushed for pride events in a Maryland suburb — and was targeted by hate," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of drag queen

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of drag queen

informal : a homosexual man who dresses as a woman especially to entertain people

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