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  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).
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Origin of Dixieland

First recorded in 1925–30; Dixie + land
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Related Words

bop, swing, blues, boogie, boogie-woogie, ragtime, Dixieland, jive, bebop

Examples from the Web for dixieland

Historical Examples

  • One was wondering how near, or how far, were the days when he would see the old home-folks once again "way back in Dixieland."

    Across America by Motor-cycle

    C. K. Shepherd

  • I'd have liked to hear more—it was Dixieland times two—what the Psis call Psixieland.

    Modus Vivendi

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for dixieland


  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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dixieland in Culture


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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