drag queen

noun
plural drag queens

Definition of drag queen

: a person and especially a man who performs as an entertainer in usually female drag (see drag entry 1 sense 7b(1)) Drag queens, who are traditionally male, dress in "drag" as female characters.— Laura Wavra For the past decade, (basically since RuPaul started Drag Race) traditional drag queens (ie, cis men performing as female characters) have been blowing up in the popular zeitgeist …— Brittany Knupper Drag is not simply female impersonation, but involves drag queens exaggerating femininity and drag kings exaggerating masculinity.— Shannon Kelly [Victoria] Sin is a female-bodied non-binary drag queen, examining how Western ideals of femininity are produced and consumed.— Amrou Al-Kadhi They are a black, non-binary drag queen with a beard in a part of the country that has a reputation for being anti-LGBTQ+.— Bailey Shelton

Examples of drag queen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another former fan of Needles’s also said the drag queen had groped her. Justin Curto, Vulture, 8 Dec. 2021 Conversely, a drag queen is also better than most of us with veracity. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Nov. 2021 Morris, a 50-year-old graphic designer for Chronicle Books, has crafted many costumes over the years for events ranging from drag queen shindigs to KOFY TV’s Dance Party. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Dec. 2021 Mattel, with friend and drag queen Katya, will perform at 8 p.m. March 29 at the Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Dec. 2021 The song plays as Grant’s character Hugo shows Jamie footage of his heyday as glamorous drag queen Loco Chanelle, as filmed by his lover. Ashley Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Myint, whose alter ego is a drag queen named Suzy Wong, comes back to how his parents always lifted him up — conjuring images of an idyllic home life that many are searching for at the Friendsgiving table. New York Times, 22 Nov. 2021 Compare Chappelle's defense to that of a famous White drag queen named Sharon Needles. Clay Cane, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 Weekday events include drag queen story time Dec. 13, a free kids ornament craft Dec. 14, fireman book reading and truck Dec. 15 and free Santa photos Dec. 16. Terry Scott Bertling, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of drag queen

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drag queen was circa 1941

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9 Jan 2022

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“Drag queen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drag%20queen. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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