\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

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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 Floral Maxi Dress Add a little fun to your look with a colorful floral maxi! Kami Phillips,, "The 5 Coolest Styles to Score at ASOS During Their Summer Sale," 12 June 2018 Everlane, $155 SHOP IT Best for Long Hemlines Don't let your maxi dress drag on the floor of the restaurant. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Only 3 Shoes You Need to Pack for Vacation," 25 May 2018 Most of the gowns (think: high-neck maxi styles or midi dresses with sheer inserts) fall under the $300 range, with many priced under $200. Kristen Bateman, Allure, "12 Best Places to Shop for Affordable Wedding Dresses," 4 May 2018 The color also appeared on a range of accessories from the label, including a new maxi-clutch bag called the Gem. Adam Tschorn,, "Paris Fashion Week trend takeaway: pops of purple, silver belles, giant jackets, winter florals and haute hybrids," 9 Mar. 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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