Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A region of the southern and eastern United States, usually comprising the states that joined the Confederacy during the Civil War. The term was popularized in the minstrel song "Dixie's Land,” written by Daniel D. Emmett (1815-1904) in 1859.
  • n. Any one of several songs bearing this name, popular as Confederate war songs.
  • idiom whistle Dixie Slang To engage in unrealistically rosy fantasizing: "If you think mass transportation is going to replace the automobile I think you're whistling Dixie” ( Henry Ford II).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The southern United States; the South.
  • proper n. The southwestern corner of Utah.
  • proper n. A female given name transferred from the place name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A colloquial name for the Southern portion of the United States, esp. during the Civil War.
  • proper n. a song popular in the Confederate states during the American Civil War, and still played as a nostalgic anthem by those patriotic to the American south. It was written by Daniel D. Emmett in 1859.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861
  • n. a large metal pot (12 gallon camp kettle) for cooking; used in military camps

Etymologies

After Dixie 1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown for certain; may come from the Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between the northern states and the southern states or from the slang term dixie for a Louisiana $10 bill that had the French word dix printed on it. (Wiktionary)

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  • According to Mark Twain, dix, French for ten, appeared on ten-dollar notes in New Orleans. The notes were called "Dixies" and thus the name was born....

    January 8, 2012