Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long skirt, coat, or dress that usually extends to or just past the ankles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having a hemline at ankle length
  • n. a coat or skirt having such a hemline
  • abbr. short for maximum

Etymologies

From maximum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • May 16, 2004 at 01: 12 AM good to see you lot have got over the gastro, cherie. whilst i doubt i'd cope well with either, i'm sure grumpy-maxi is better to be around than gastro-maxi. by the way, if yr marketing those socially-responsible-maintenance skills, we've got a garden over here that needs some serious work ...

    rostered on

  • I too am short and busty, and I usually look pregnant, my problem with the maxi is that so many of them have strappy or halter or even strapless tops, and frankly, even though Catty’s teen would probably get away with it, I don’t like showing my bra straps to all and sundry.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Ladies Lounge

  • Passage of blood clot larger than a lemon followed by heavy bleeding, or any bleeding heavy enough to soak a maxi pad in an hour or less

    Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

  • The bankruptcy investigation into this company was halted by the Public Prosecutor of Siracusa because of a law called the maxi amendment, that was made by the Berlusconi government in 2003 and which suspended punishments for these types of corporate legal infractions.

    Italy's Secret Ships of Poison

  • Over at Live Science, an article explains that the ball has more movement in the air because it has fewer panels (14 -- in what Fark describes as a maxi-pad decoration) than most hexagonal designs (26-32).

    David Goldenberg: Too Many Eyes on the Ball

  • At a function in Johannesburg, Mosunkutu announced the issuing of the first 1551 permits for the 18 to 35-seater so-called maxi-taxis.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Lower House Speaker Gianfranco Fini said that parliament would pass the reforms by Sunday aimed at boosting growth and shoring up public finances in a so-called "maxi amendment" to the 2012 budget currently before parliament.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • Instead of a decree that could have been put into action immediately, the meeting merely agreed on a so-called maxi amendment, containing a number of measures to add to a budget bill currently before the Senate.

    Reuters: Top News

  • Meanwhile, a man found dead on Thursday afternoon at Savannah Trace, which is off the Arima Old Road in Arouca, was yesterday identified as maxi-taxi driver Krishna Lall, of Coalmine Road, Sangre Grande.

    TrinidadExpress Today's News

  • In spite of the popularity of casual, printed "maxi" dresses this summer, long gowns are no longer standard formal-party wear in most cities.

    Remodeling Long Gowns

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