- Also called Dixieland, Dixie Land. the southern states of the United States, especially those that were formerly part of the Confederacy.
- (italics) any of several songs with this name, especially the minstrel song (1859) by D. D. Emmett, popular as a Confederate war song.
- a female given name.
- of, from, or characteristic of the southern states of the United States.
- whistle Dixie, to indulge in unrealistically optimistic fantasies.
Origin of Dixie
- mainly military a large metal pot for cooking, brewing tea, etc
- a mess tin
- Northern English dialect a lookout
- Also called: Dixieland the southern states of the US; the states that joined the Confederacy during the Civil War
- a song adopted as a marching tune by the Confederate states during the American Civil War
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the southern states of the US
Word Origin and History for whistle dixie
1859, first attested in the song of that name, which was popularized, if not written, by Ohio-born U.S. minstrel musician and songwriter Dan Emmett (1815-1904); perhaps a reference to the Mason-Dixon Line, but there are other well-publicized theories dating back to the Civil War. Popularized nationwide in minstrel shows. Dixieland style of jazz developed in New Orleans c.1910, so called from 1919.
An American song of the nineteenth century. It was used to build enthusiasm for the South during the Civil War and still is treated this way in the southern states. It was written for use in the theater by a northerner, Daniel Decatur Emmett. As usually sung today, “Dixie” begins:
I wish I was in the land of cotton;
Old times there are not forgotten:
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
Idioms and Phrases with whistle dixie
Engage in unrealistic, hopeful fantasizing, as in If you think you can drive there in two hours, you're whistling Dixie. This idiom alludes to the song “Dixie” and the vain hope that the Confederacy, known as Dixie, would win the Civil War.