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

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Ryan Murphy’s latest project immerses itself in the vogue balls of 1980s New York, where drag queens found community and identity amid poverty and the AIDS epidemic. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Pose’ and ‘Succession’," 3 June 2018 Harold Perrineau as Lee Wayne / Rhea Ranged: A drag queen and Dolly Parton impersonator. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Netflix's "Dumplin'"," 15 Nov. 2018 The owners of an Indianapolis events space have apologized to a drag queen after his request to book the space for a music video was denied. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "Neidhammer venue says no to drag queen music video but later apologizes," 9 July 2018 On a new episode airing Friday (June 29), one of the scenarios portrayed on the show will involve a drag queen meeting their parents for lunch dressed in full drag, making their parents initially embarrassed. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Monét X Change Set to Appear on ABC Hidden Camera Show 'What Would You Do?'," 28 June 2018 After sharing some fond memories, Colbert took the opportunity to have the world’s most famous drag queen personally explain some Ru-isms. Tracy Brown, latimes.com, "RuPaul gives Stephen Colbert a lesson in 'Drag Race' vocabulary," 25 Jan. 2018 In 1982, Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song Trilogy,’ a four-hour autobiographical play about a drag queen who longs for nothing more than to settle down with a regular guy, looked very much like an act of cultural revolution. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Torch Song’ Review: Less Radical, Still Funny," 1 Nov. 2018 The Show Out set ($45), inspired by drag queen Dynasty’s coordinating lips and eyes, includes superfine silver glitter and lipsticks in smoky grey Monster, jet-black Scandals, and metallic gold PAT. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Fluide's Gorgeous, Inclusive Holiday Campaign Is Dedicated to Chosen Families Everywhere," 14 Nov. 2018 The drag ball scene is slightly different than drag queen shows seen on RuPaul's Drag Race. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Ryan Murphy's 'Pose' is a glittery extravaganza," 1 June 2018

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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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