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 Based on the West End hit, the upcoming musical follows a teen from small-town England with dreams of becoming a drag queen. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "The 15 Rising Stars Poised to Dominate 2021, From Indie Darlings to Marvel Superheroes," 29 Dec. 2020 Another Christmas tree is compared to a drag queen. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Lifetime Gay Christmas Movie Totally Broke Me—So, Yup, It Worked," 11 Dec. 2020 Set against the backdrop of rising fascism in Toronto, Canada, Hernandez’s novel follows Kay, a drag queen-turned-refugee on the run from a government rebuilding its country after devastating floods. Alicia Lutes, USA TODAY, "Review: Catherine Hernandez’s dystopian 'Crosshairs' confronts the horrors of fascism," 7 Dec. 2020 Not too far from Cowardin’s office in Douglas is drag queen superstar RuPaul Charles’ massive ranch, which spans 60,000 acres. NBC News, "In Wyoming, a Covid surge, a struggling energy economy and thriving haven for the rich," 15 Nov. 2020 Then, downstairs in the lower level of the space, there's one entirely pink bathroom with a tribute to the late, legendary drag queen Divine, and one entirely green and burnt orange with a mural of country star Dolly Parton. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Is What It’s Like to Open Up a Hair Salon in a Global Pandemic," 13 Nov. 2020 Lauper also composed the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, in which one of the lead characters is a drag queen. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "Is The Masked Singer Popcorn Really Taylor Dayne?," 11 Nov. 2020 Earlier Tuesday, a pickup truck with a Trump flag swerved at a drag queen walking across the street. Molly Hennessy-fiske Houston Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, "Houston voters cast ballots at the bar," 5 Nov. 2020 Joshua Oates, who is known onstage as Pixel, performed at House of Yes for nearly four years as an aerialist drag queen. Julia Carmel, New York Times, "It Had Aerialists, Fire Eaters and Glitter. Is Brooklyn’s Wildest Party Over?," 24 Jan. 2020

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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 2021

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“Drag queen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drag%20queen. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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