\ 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 The asymmetrical armored fuchsia top featured a mock neck and straps along the back, which was then paired with a flowing maxi skirt. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zendaya Shows Off Her Abs Once Again in a Christopher Esber Creation," 31 Jan. 2020 Expand the scope of your fall denim collection beyond jeans and jackets to include a maxi skirt. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "How to Put Together a Perfect Fall Denim Outfit, According to Street Style," 5 Nov. 2019 Asos Coast Illy ruffle maxi dress, $236; Buy It! Colleen Kratofil,, "BFFs Mandy Moore and Minka Kelly Reunited – and Gave Serious Wedding Guest Dress Inspiration," 6 Apr. 2018 In the family snapshot, Brooks is sporting a big smile as he’s held by his dad, while the second-time mom-to-be cradles her baby bump in a multicolored print maxi dress. Jen Juneau,, "It's a Girl! The Bachelor's Ashley Salter Expecting Second Child," 9 Dec. 2019 Silva showed a hint of her baby bump in a gray maxi dress, chambray shirt and light-pink sneakers. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Richard Gere and Wife Alejandra Silva Are Expecting Second Child Together," 5 Nov. 2019 Whether mini or maxi, these dresses often have long sleeves and a soft bow at the neck, underlining the demure mood. Sharon Graubard,, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019 From left, fuzzy layers at Emporio Armani; a fluid ensemble by Valentino; a neat suit at Tod’s; Raf Simons’s maxi duster; Ralph Lauren’s cocoa coat. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "A Guide to the Most Wearable—and Unwearable—Men’s Trends for 2019," 24 Jan. 2019 Earlier this week, Lopez stepped out in a skimpy white crop top and blue maxi skirt with a slit up-to-there. Christina Oehler,, "J.Lo Shows Off Her Incredible Abs In High-Slit Beach Skirt at End of Summer Party," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Maxi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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Kids Definition of maxi-

: very long or large

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