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An informal name for the Southern states of the US. It was used in the song ‘Dixie’ (1859), a marching song popular with Confederate soldiers in the American Civil War. The ultimate origin is uncertain, although it has been suggested that the name comes from French dix ‘ten’ on ten-dollar notes printed before the Civil War by the Citizens Bank of Louisiana, and circulating in the Southern States. (See also Heart of Dixie.)

Dixiecrat in the US, informal name for any of the Southern Democrats who seceded from the Democratic party in 1948 in opposition to its policy of extending civil rights.

Dixieland a kind of jazz with a strong two-beat rhythm and collective improvisation, which originated in New Orleans in the early 20th century.

whistle Dixie engage in unrealistic fantasies, waste one's time.

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