drag queen


Slang. a male transvestite, especially a performer who dresses as a woman to entertain the public.

Origin of drag queen

1960–65; drag (in the sense of ‘wearing clothes characteristic of the opposite sex’) + queen (in the sense of ‘flamboyantly effeminate male homosexual’)
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Related Words for drag queen

queen, cross-dresser, fruitcake, transvestite

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British Dictionary definitions for drag queen

drag queen


a male who dresses as a woman and impersonates female characteristics for public entertainment
slang a male transvestite
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Idioms and Phrases with drag queen

drag queen

A male transvestite; also, a female impersonator. For example, He was surprised to find out that Roxanne was actually a drag queen. This term uses the slang noun drag in the sense of “female attire worn by a man” (a usage dating from about 1870; also see in drag). [Offensive slang; c. 1940]

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