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noun, plural max·is.
  1. maxiskirt.
  2. a garment having a maxiskirt, as a coat.
  3. of the length of a maxiskirt; having a maxiskirt.
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Origin of maxi

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


  1. 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).
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Origin of maxi-

shortening of maximal or maximum, by analogy with mini-
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Historical Examples

  • Written on the 2nd of March by the hand of your good and loyal father, Maxi.'

    The First Governess of the Netherlands, Margaret of Austria

    Eleanor E. Tremayne

British Dictionary definitions for maxi


    1. (of a garment) reaching the ankle
    2. (as noun)she wore a maxi
    3. (in combination)a maxidress
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  1. a type of large racing yacht
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Word Origin

C20: shortened from maximum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for maxi


word-forming element meaning "maximum, very large, very long," from comb. form of maximum.

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