- 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
Examples from the Web for indies
Many of those films you mentioned fall in the $2-10 million range, and that range for indies is really disappearing.Chloe Sevigny on ‘The Cosmopolitans,’ New York’s Frat Boy Takeover, and ‘Asshole’ Michael Alig
August 24, 2014
“It is by necessity that the indies are really beating the bushes and looking for the new and interesting,” he says.
“Indies have low overhead, are nimble, and rarely work by committees,” Spillman says.
Only 18 electoral votes, but this is where indies may swing the national election.‘Oops,’ First Debate, ‘47 Percent’ & More 2012 Election Turning Points
November 6, 2012
It's women 56-44, and Dems over Reps 46-34, with Indies at 21.New Batch of Polls: The Land Is Still Sliding!
August 7, 2012
Of course if the islands were the Indies, the people must be Indians.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
He goes thither, laden with coral and pearls from the Indies.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
She grieved, and her parents also, as though she had been carried off to the Indies.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
In all the Indies I have always found the weather like that in the month of May.
When she was ready, England put her powerful hand on the Indies, and they became hers.Rodney, the Ranger
John V. Lane
- an independent film or record company
- (as modifier)an indie producer; the indie charts
Word Origin and History for indies
1550s, plural of Indie, Indy, from Middle English Ynde (early 13c.) "India," from the Old French form of Latin India (see India). Commonly applied to Asia and the East, later applied to the Caribbean basin, in a time of geographical confusion, which was distinguished from Asia proper by being called the West Indies.
"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.