|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|
|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]|
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.
Engage in unrealistic, hopeful fantasizing, as in If you think you can drive there in two hours, you're whistling Dixie. This idiom alludes to the song "Dixie" and the vain hope that the Confederacy, known as Dixie, would win the Civil War.