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a man who dresses as a flambouyant woman in order to entertain others. also see drag king
by Anonymous June 04, 2003
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A man who dresses in female clothing for entertainment purposes, such as Ru Paul and Danny La Rue. Can be distinguished from a man playing a "straight" female role, such as Danny Schiller as Dolly in the film "Personal Services". Drag queens wear exaggerated costumes and makeup, and often present a caricature of the most flamboyant kind of actress or singer. Drag queens are fairly likely to be gay, unlike crossdressers who are usually hetero.

The etymology of the word "drag" has absolutely nothing to do with Shakespeare or his contemporaries. There is no such stage direction as "DRessed As a Girl" in the Tudor period; that idea was invented in the 1980's as a film joke. "Drag" actually comes from the long skirts that dragged on the floor in the 1870's when the word was first used in print. The phrase "Drag queen" first appeared in print in 1941.
"Ru Paul is one of the best-known drag queens in America."
"Look at that girl with the foot-high hairdo and the sparkly eyeshadow. She looks like a drag queen."
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A man who dresses up as a woman for entertainment purposes. This man is not always homosexual or bisexual. Often they are just regular men who like living an alternate life in the evenings performing.
"Sally Sweet is a drag queen," I explained to my mother when I brought him home to dinner, still in his performance-wear as a skinny blonde. From Janet Evanovich's book "Four to Score", which as the most hilarious drag queen character in it
by ~*Blondiebabe13*~ February 18, 2008
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What I do on the weekends. I love to dress in drag. People pay good money for this stuff. I am a man who likes to dress up in womens clothing. We are performers though not exclusively gay or transgendered people. I'm hired for performing in gay pride parades and discotheques. It's a hobby of mine.
I'm a drag queen. I love it.
by Psyboy Rehmyer October 17, 2007
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The word "drag" comes from William Shakespeare at the time when women were not allowed to be actresses in theater. It means "Dressed As Girl" to design a male actor playing the part of a female. Hence the word today used for male tranvestites as women.
Look at those men dressed as women. They are all drag queens.
by nicoparadis March 31, 2008
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A homosexual man who dresses as a flamboyant woman for entertainment or personal enjoyment.
The drag queens were so beautiful that my brother wouldn't believe me when I told him they were men.
by Pitoyable May 02, 2005
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A man who often dresses as a woman to entertain other people. Also called a 'Lady Boy'.
Some drag Queens are trying to change Facebook's policy.
by Potatoes1731 September 19, 2014
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