Dixie

[dik-see]
noun
  1. Also called Dixieland, Dixie Land. the southern states of the United States, especially those that were formerly part of the Confederacy.
  2. (italics) any of several songs with this name, especially the minstrel song (1859) by D. D. Emmett, popular as a Confederate war song.
  3. a female given name.
adjective
  1. of, from, or characteristic of the southern states of the United States.
Idioms
  1. whistle Dixie, to indulge in unrealistically optimistic fantasies.

Origin of Dixie

1855–60, Americanism; often said to be (Mason-)Dix(on line) + -ie

Dixieland

[dik-see-land]
noun
  1. (sometimes lowercase) a style of jazz, originating in New Orleans, played by a small group of instruments, as trumpet, trombone, clarinet, piano, and drums, and marked by strongly accented four-four rhythm and vigorous, quasi-improvisational solos and ensembles.
  2. Also Dixie Land. Dixie(def 1).

Origin of Dixieland

First recorded in 1925–30; Dixie + land
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British Dictionary definitions for dixie-land

dixie

1
noun
  1. mainly military a large metal pot for cooking, brewing tea, etc
  2. a mess tin

Word Origin for dixie

C19: from Hindi degcī, diminutive of degcā pot

dixie

2
noun
  1. Northern English dialect a lookout

Dixie

noun
  1. Also called: Dixieland the southern states of the US; the states that joined the Confederacy during the Civil War
  2. a song adopted as a marching tune by the Confederate states during the American Civil War
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the southern states of the US

Word Origin for Dixie

C19: perhaps from the nickname of New Orleans, from dixie a ten-dollar bill printed there, from French dix ten

Dixieland

noun
  1. a form of jazz that originated in New Orleans, becoming popular esp with White musicians in the second decade of the 20th century
  2. a revival of this style in the 1950s
  3. See Dixie (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for dixie-land

Dixie

n.

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.

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dixie-land in Culture

“Dixie”

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.

Dixieland

A kind of jazz originating in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the early twentieth century. The rhythms of Dixieland are usually rapid, and it generally includes many improvised sections for individual instruments.

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