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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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for maxi-

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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