\ 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 White Mark Women's Dye Maxi Dress Keep cool in this sleeveless maxi dress that comes in three tie-dye options. NBC News, "Best summer dresses to shop in 2020, according to experts," 22 June 2020 Luckily for all of us having to brave the sweats out there, Amazon’s top-selling summer maxi dress comes in enough pretty patterns to see you through the entire season—and at under $30 a pop. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Amazon's Top-Selling Summer Swing Dress Is the Comfiest Thing We've Seen All Day," 16 June 2020 First of all, break out your best Missoni maxi — there’s a girls’ trip on the horizon. Mary Sollosi,, "RHONY mid-season trailer teases a Ramona blow-up and the return of Turtle Time," 11 June 2020 And a maxi dress in blue and green representing the point where the Congo river meets land. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Fashion designer showcases the future of the runway with 3D models," 25 May 2020 Sending pieces down the runway like the Kinshasa Backless Mini Dress that features the colors of the Congo flag or the Mái maxi dress and mini skirt that resembles the Congo skyline. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Hanifa Hit A Cultural Reset On The Fashion Industry With A 3D Presentation," 23 May 2020 Shop Old Navy’s $25 and Under Sale: The site-wide sale also includes a one-day deal on Old Navy’s sleeveless v-neck shift maxi dress, d just $10., "Old Navy Just Marked Down Everything Online to $25 (or Less!)," 1 May 2020 In addition to pillows, participants have also begun styling their comforters as maxi dresses, creating black-tie-esque ensembles using only their cloud-like bed linens. Eliza Huber,, "Pillows For Spring: Groundbreaking," 17 Apr. 2020 Called Frida Mom, the line includes soothing items like instant ice maxi pads, healing foam (as opposed to spray), witch hazel cooling pad liners, mesh underwear for vaginal and cesarean section deliveries and more. Jen Juneau,, "All the Details on Amy Schumer's 4-Month-Old Son Gene's Sleek Bouncer — and Cute Stuffed Frog!," 16 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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6 Jul 2020

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“Maxi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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Kids Definition of maxi-

: very long or large

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