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[in-dee] /ˈɪn di/ Informal.
an independently or privately owned business, especially a film or music company that is not affiliated with a larger and more commercial company:
to work for an indie.
a movie or other work produced by such a company.
a genre of music, especially pop or rock, that is independently produced.
a person who works for an independently owned business or is self-employed.
noting or relating to an indie: an indie film producer;
an indie video game.
noting or relating to independently produced music: indie rock;
an indie pop group.
Origin of indie
First recorded in 1940-45; ind(ependent) + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The still-living short-footed semi-ape (brachytarsi), especially the muki, indie and lori, possess possibly a faint resemblance.

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  • It bears the title: Libro primo della historia dell' indie Occidentali.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  • Now I had an indie browser running, I needed an indie network connection.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • For an indie artist, the big problem isn't piracy, it's obscurity: no one even cares enough about your tunes to steal 'em.

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  • Spelman, who was himself an archer, has illustrated the passage very clearly by a quotation from Arrian, indie.

British Dictionary definitions for indie


  1. an independent film or record company
  2. (as modifier): an indie producer, the indie charts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for indie

"independent record company," 1945, shortening of independent (among the earliest mentioned were Continental, Majestic, and Signature); used of film production companies since 1920s, of theaters from 1942; extended by 1984 to a type of pop music issued by such labels.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for indie



Playing indie rock: Really they're just five soft-spoken indie prepsters who happen to rule nice-kid noise pop (1990s+)


: one indie pic company


An independent, esp an independent movie producer (1928+ Movie studio)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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