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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indie

Contemporary Examples of indie

Historical Examples of indie

  • Now I had an indie browser running, I needed an indie network connection.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

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

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)

    Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt

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

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

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

  • The still-living short-footed semi-ape (brachytarsi), especially the muki, indie and lori, possess possibly a faint resemblance.

    Was Man Created?

    Henry A. Mott

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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