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The actual origins of the word "Dixie" is lost to the speculations of history, but one of the more accepted theories traces it to a ten-dollar currency circulated in New Orleans in the early 19th century. Upon the bills was printed the French term "Dix" (ten). Locals referred to them as "dixies", which gradually came to mean the city at large and, eventually, the entire South.

Later, of course, Daniel Decatur Emmett wrote the famed song "Dixieland."

As an historical entity, it is properly defined as the 11 states that seceded to form the Confederate States of America (SC, MS, FL, AL, GA, LA, TX, VA, AK, TN, and NC). This is the historical and traditional South.

In more modern times, Dixie's location in popular mind-set has evolved somewhat, and is usually associated with states -- or portions of them -- of the Deep South where Confederate and "Old South" pride live most strongly. As well as where the image of "moonlight and magnolias" is very rooted in reality.

Roughly, it would be an area which begins in southern Virginia and extends south into the Florida panhandle. On the northern boundary it sweeps west to take in Tennessee (and perhaps the southern parts of Kentucky),then westward thru most of Arkansas. On the southern end it runs thru the Gulf states until the northern and southern boundary lines connect to include and take in East Texas (generally, that part of the state east of Dallas).

In Dixieland I'll take my stand to live and die in Dixie
by TexasReb January 15, 2007
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a fall....
Carl landed on his dog when he took a dixie over the beer cooler...
by sheila in the car May 17, 2009
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The Southern states of the U.S.A. These such as FL, AL, GA, SC, NC etc. or below the Mason-Dixon Line.
These states are named Dixie, after the song called Dixie.
by vv March 09, 2004
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Slang for a $10.00 bill. Drawn from the Confederate State's $10.00 bill printed during the US Civil war. These bills had the word "Dixie" printed on their reverse side. Dixie being based on the Latin term of the number 10.
If you'r going to the game, you will need at least a Dixie for parking.
by WGN April 28, 2006
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Not just the South, but more specifically, states that joined the Confederacy and, today, are most heavily influenced by Southern culture. Those are, from west to east, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, and Tennessee. Historically Florida, but most of the other states of Dixie would not be comfortable including Florida in their region anymore. Kentucky and Missouri were both strong Union states (65-75% in each) and today are essentially in the Midwest; they were never in Dixie in the first place.
Dixie also refers to the name of a song.
by ECoast69 February 06, 2007
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a place in which Kentucky and Missouri are not located. States of whom are below the Mason-Dixon Line are not necessarily southern, for that imaginary line only determined where slavery would be and wouldn't be. Hell, even Delaware and Maryland had slaves, and they're in the Northeast.
Dixie (The South) sure is a beautiful place with lovely women.
by Ryan J. April 15, 2005
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incredibly hot chick who loves the sailors.
Man, that chick is totally a Dixie the way she hangs at the naval bases.
by sexay laday May 01, 2004
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