drag queen


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

Nearby words

  1. drag on,
  2. drag one's ass,
  3. drag one's feet,
  4. drag out of,
  5. drag parachute,
  6. drag race,
  7. drag rake,
  8. drag sail,
  9. drag strip,
  10. drag up

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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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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