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maxi

[mak-see] /ˈmæk si/
noun, plural maxis.
1.
2.
a garment having a maxiskirt, as a coat.
3.
of the length of a maxiskirt; having a maxiskirt.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; shortening of maxiskirt, or independent use of maxi-

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).
Origin
shortening of maximal or maximum, by analogy with mini-
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  • Or on the mini skirt that no longer covers that maxi body.
British Dictionary definitions for maxi

maxi

/ˈmæksɪ/
adjective
1.
  1. (of a garment) reaching the ankle
  2. (as noun): she wore a maxi
  3. (in combination): a maxidress
noun
2.
a type of large racing yacht
Word Origin
C20: shortened from maximum
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Word Origin and History for maxi

maxi-

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for maxi

maxi

adjective

: long black pants under a maxi coat

noun
  1. A below midcalf or ankle-length skirt or coat
  2. The ankle-length depth of hemline: Is the new length a midi or a maxi?

[1960s+; fr maximum]


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