\ˈmak-sē \
plural maxis

Definition of maxi 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a long skirt, dress, or coat

Definition of maxi- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : extra long maxiskirt

2 : extra large maxi-problems

Examples of maxi in a Sentence

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Even on one of the coldest days of the season, thus far, Paris was spotted in New York City wearing a bright orange bohemian-style maxi dress, with lace and sheer chiffon layers. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Paris Jackson Wore the Most Orange I’ve Ever Seen in an Outfit," 30 Nov. 2018 Yesterday, for example, the Duchess of Sussex wore three chic outfits for appearances in Fiji and Tonga, including a teal Jason Wu sheath dress, a red Self-Portrait maxi dress, and a white Theia evening gown. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Striped Martin Grant Dress in Tonga," 25 Oct. 2018 Another wore a maxi length iteration with strappy sandals and a blue fascinator. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Royal Ascot Guests Wore Kate Middleton's Self-Portrait Dress," 22 June 2018 The average price for a maxi-length gown is $570.54, according to Edited, a data-analytics company focused on apparel, with mass-market dresses costing $131.12 on average. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "The Prom Is Becoming a Cheap(er) Date," 20 Apr. 2018 The free-flowing, maxi skirt benefited from Beckham’s masterful, minimal touch and featured a contrasting waistband for an elevated twist. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Gets a Head Start on Head-to-Toe White," 5 July 2018 And true to her signature skin-baring ways, Kardashian West hit the carpet at the Brooklyn Museum on Monday night wearing a crop top (with an open back!) and matching spandex maxi skirt custom designed by Rick Owens. Brittany Talarico,, "Kim Kardashian Jokes She's 'Shocked' to Win CFDA Fashion Award as She's 'Naked Most of the Time'," 5 June 2018 And watching from the crowd, in outfits ranging from loose-fitting khaki pants and off-shoulder crop tops, to printed maxi skirts and bright-colored tanks, festival attendees took brilliant sartorial risks that were anything but cliché. Caroline Griswold, Teen Vogue, "Form Festival Street Style: See All the Head-Turning Looks," 25 May 2018 The network ran its own scroll of Pruitt’s misconduct — a list of mini- and maxi-scandals that filled the screen and then kept going and going. Will Bunch,, "Not caring about Pruitt's EPA scandals helps us not care that the planet is on fire | Will Bunch," 19 June 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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: very long or large

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