Origin of Mason-Dixon line
British Dictionary definitions for mason-dixon line
Mason and Dixon Line
Culture definitions for mason-dixon line (1 of 2)
Part of the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland established by the English surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in the 1760s. The line resolved disputes caused by unclear description of the boundaries in the Maryland and Pennsylvania charters.
Culture definitions for mason-dixon line (2 of 2)
A boundary line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, laid out by two English surveyors, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, in the 1760s. Before and during the Civil War, the line was symbolic of the division between slaveholding and free states. After the war, it remained symbolic of the division between states that required racial segregation and those that did not.