[ mak-see ]
/ ˈmæk si /

noun, plural max·is.

a garment having a maxiskirt, as a coat.
of the length of a maxiskirt; having a maxiskirt.

Origin of maxi

1965–70; shortening of maxiskirt, or independent use of maxi-

Definition for maxi (2 of 2)


a combining form with the meanings “very large in comparison with others of its kind” (maxi-budget; maxi-taxi); “of great scope or intensity” (maxi-devaluation; maxi-service); (of clothing) “long, nearly ankle-length” (maxicoat; maxiskirt).

Origin of maxi-

shortening of maximal or maximum, by analogy with mini- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for maxi

/ (ˈmæksɪ) /


  1. (of a garment) reaching the ankle
  2. (as noun)she wore a maxi
  3. (in combination)a maxidress


a type of large racing yacht

Word Origin for maxi

C20: shortened from maximum
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