\ 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

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Break out that designer maxi dress for this seafood-centric restaurant nestled at the bottom of the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. John-john Williams Iv,, "Where you can find Baltimore’s bougiest brunches," 9 July 2019 For the prestigious occasion, Kate arrived at the show wearing a bold floral maxi dress by Erdem. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Floral Erdem Dress Is a Royal Family Favorite," 21 May 2019 The white and blue florals maxi dress dress looked regal on the Duchess, and featured a high neck and bracelet-length sleeves. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looks Lovely in a Floral Erdem Dress at the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019 Priyanka posted a picture of them heading out Friday afternoon in a light blue silk maxi dress with a belt and hat while Nick coordinated in a casual off-white suit and sneakers. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Coordinating Cannes Outfits Deserve Their Own Award," 19 May 2019 What’s more, these jolie laide sneakers go with almost anything, from a whimsical maxi dress to a pair of utility pants and a crop top à la Tank Girl. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Platform Sneakers Are Just the Boost Your Spring Style Needs," 24 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of maxi


1967, in the meaning defined above

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: very long or large

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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