dixie

dixie

[dik-see]
noun Indian English.
a large iron pot, especially a 12-gallon camp kettle used by the British Army.

Origin:
1895–1900; < Hindi dēgcī, diminutive of dēgcā pot

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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
4.
of, from, or characteristic of the southern states of the United States.
Idioms
5.
whistle Dixie, to indulge in unrealistically optimistic fantasies.

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

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dixie1 (ˈdɪksɪ)
 
n
1.  chiefly military a large metal pot for cooking, brewing tea, etc
2.  a mess tin
 
[C19: from Hindi degcī, diminutive of degcā pot]

dixie2 (ˈdɪksɪ)
 
n
dialect (Northern English) a lookout

Dixie (ˈdɪksɪ)
 
n
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
 
adj
3.  of, relating to, or characteristic of the southern states of the US
 
[C19: perhaps from the nickname of New Orleans, from dixie a ten-dollar bill printed there, from French dix ten]

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Dixie
1859, first attested in D.D. Emmett's song of that name, probably a reference to the Mason-Dixon Line, but there are many other well-publicized theories. Popularized nationwide in minstrel shows. Dixieland style of jazz developed in New Orleans c.1910, so called from 1919. Dixiecrat in U.S. politics
dates from 1948.
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“Dixie” definition


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.
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