[ mak-see ]
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noun,plural max·is.
  1. a garment having a maxiskirt, as a coat.

  1. of the length of a maxiskirt; having a maxiskirt.

Origin of maxi

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

Other definitions for maxi- (2 of 2)


  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).

Origin of maxi-

Shortening of maximal or maximum, by analogy with mini- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use maxi in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for maxi


/ (ˈmæksɪ) /

    • (of a garment) reaching the ankle

    • (as noun): she wore a maxi

    • (in combination): a maxidress

  1. a type of large racing yacht

Origin of maxi

C20: shortened from maximum

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