\ ˈmak-sē How to pronounce maxi (audio) \
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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This can be worn as a strapless maxi dress or a skirt, which gives you more styling options. Erika Hardison, USA TODAY, "17 gorgeous pieces from Black designers to add to your wardrobe," 19 Feb. 2021 Choose an empire waist maxi dress for an early spring outdoor activity where wind might have the potential to kick up the hem of a shorter dress. Southern Living, "These Empire-Waist Dresses from Amazon Will Convince You To Ditch the Yoga Pants," 19 Feb. 2021 Floral-print maxi dresses!—provided endless reference points for Chanel's global creative makeup and color designer Lucia Pica, who focused the makeup on an international cool-girl favorite: black eye paint. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Chanel’s Cool-Girl Eye Paint Is the Makeup Trick for The Mask-Wearing Era," 6 Oct. 2020 On paper, the whole exercise in clever connections runs the risk of turning Midtown West into a maxi-size version of Hudson Yards, a forest of standing bricks with no street-level mortar to bind them into an actual place. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "Is a High Line Extension Really What We Need on the Far West Side?," 20 Jan. 2021 The show, like others, was broadcast on a maxi-screen in the heart of Milan's shopping district. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Prada intros anti-uniform during all-digital Fashion Week," 17 Jan. 2021 Hadid posed in a New York City street, all wrapped up in a black maxi coat, oversized scarf, newsboy cap, and white snow boots, with her little one protected from the elements in a stroller under an extended canopy. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Gigi Hadid Posted the Cutest Photo of Her Daughter Seeing Her First Snow," 18 Dec. 2020 Rogers experimented more with fitted garments this season, as well as corset-like pieces and a striped maxi dress with an extremely low back — yes, even lower than Kim Kardashian West’s thong-baring Givenchy dress. Eliza Huber,, "Christopher John Rogers Announced E-Commerce With An Optimistic Campaign," 26 Oct. 2020 Model Adut Akech also rocked a white dress, but hers was a body-skimming maxi dress. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Courtney Love, Adut Akech, Emily Ratajkowksi, and More," 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of maxi


1967, in the meaning defined above

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extracted from maximum

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25 Feb 2021

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“Maxi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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: very long or large

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