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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RuPaul, as most people know, is an iconic drag queen, and the two working together should be unstoppable. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "RuPaul and Mally Beauty to Collaborate on Upcoming Makeup Collection," 22 Apr. 2018 Vox has already made history as the first drag queen to make it to the final 10. Tamara Fuentes, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Ada Vox, the "American Idol" Contestant Everyone Is Rooting For," 25 Apr. 2018 On May 27, James Hilton Harrell III joined in the bonds of matrimony with Diane Alone — his drag queen alter ego. Carolyne Zinko, SFChronicle.com, "A drag wedding, but not in the way you think," 5 July 2018 Sasha Velour is one of the most recognizable drag queens in the world, not in the least part due to her next-level fashion choices. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Sasha Velour on Dressing Like Queer Royalty and How Youth Can Learn About LGBTQ History," 27 June 2018 Her early photographs of drag queens were presciently unconcerned with gender. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 The pilot introduced us to Carrie's gay friend Stanford and (very briefly) a couple of drag queens who bring Miranda a birthday cake. refinery29.com, "How LGBTQ+ People Really Feel About Sex And The City," 4 June 2018 Despite the relaxed attitude, and the prevalence of drag queens in the entertainment industry, their role has largely been confined to nightclubs. NBC News, "Thai drag queens hope new TV show brings LGBTQ acceptance," 26 Mar. 2018 Vox finished in the top eight of American Idol — the highest a drag queen has ever finished. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "Connecticut Sun Prepare To Host Pride Night," 10 July 2018

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circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of drag queen

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

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