\ 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

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Kiernan Shipka The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star was definitely channeling her witchy character with this black maxi dress, complete with ruffled layers and fluttering sleeves. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Celebrity Looks From Coachella 2019 Weekend 1," 13 Apr. 2019 The glamorous photographs showed Khloé in a metallic gold, long-sleeve maxi dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Had a Major Photoshop Fail That Gave Her 14 Fingers," 9 Apr. 2019 So think maxi dresses and harem pants and breathable cotton fabrics. Amber Katz, Glamour, "12 Things Your Bikini Waxer Wants You to Know," 24 Mar. 2019 Xtina guest judged the first episode’s maxi challenge, but not before delivering one of her famous riffs. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Top 5 Music Moments From 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10," 19 June 2018 The checked cardigan was a flattering silhouette for Ratajkowski and the shimmering tile-print maxi skirt hit at just the right point on her hip. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Can Bohemian Style Be Sexy? Emily Ratajkowski Says Yes, It Can," 14 Nov. 2018 There are heavy-knit knee socks and dark felt slippers, roomy sweatpants, oversize hoodies, and a gorgeous maxi skirt/tank top combo. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Rick Owens’s Latest Capsule Collection Makes Socks and Sandals Look Good," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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: very long or large

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