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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Primarily vegetarian restaurant and juice bar Razzle Dazzle will hit 'em with the real razzle dazzle over drag queen brunches. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "We Can't Handle How Good the Food Will Be on Virgin Voyages," 7 Nov. 2018 At one point, a black drag queen gives Patty's love interest Brick, a white male, relationship advice. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Insatiable" Isn't Actually About Fat People," 19 Aug. 2018 Elice devotes a whole production number—the highlight of the show—to the flamboyant Bob Mackie gowns that were the real stars of her weekly TV shows and the probable source of her popularity as a sort of female drag queen. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Cher's got her own bio-musical!," 3 July 2018 For the uninitiated, the show tasks a group of carefully selected drag queens from across the country with challenges involving acting, music, sewing and impersonation. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Why hasn’t ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ cast a Houston queen?," 2 May 2018 Every season, millions of viewers tune in to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race and witness drag queens compete to become America's next drag superstar. Emma Sarran Webster, Allure, "Watch the Stars of RuPaul's Drag Race Explain the History of Drag Culture," 15 Feb. 2018 But wait, there’s more: drag queen Peppermint from Ru Paul’s Drag Race comes to Broadway in this show as an oracle. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "Broadway Beat: Here's a summer freebie in NYC for Philly theater buffs to check out," 10 July 2018 The party begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Mind & Hand (5400 S. Pulaski Road) with a photo booth, drag queen performances and DJ Elock spinning live throughout the evening. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 28 June 2018 Picture it: three women of a certain age who no longer feel like hiding their unflagging desires And make the women drag queens. Max Maller, Chicago Reader, "Picture it: Miami, 1987, and The Golden Girls in drag," 26 June 2018

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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

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

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