Definition of indie in English:


Syllabification: in·die
Pronunciation: /ˈindē


  • 1(Of a pop group, record label, or film company) not belonging to or affiliated with a major record or film company.
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    • Also impressive is the soundtrack; for an indie film, there are some fine sounds in this flick.
    • It's an attack on the entire indie business, taking easy and long agreed upon swipes at the commercialization of what was once about art.
    • Is this analogous to indie films versus major Hollywood releases?
  • 1.1Characteristic of the deliberately unpolished or uncommercial style of small independent pop groups.
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    • Their image is definitely at odds with a music scene pre-occupied with gravity defying hair styles and pre-requisitioned indie uniforms.
    • You can tell that he's quite deliberately outgrown his indie audience now because you actually enjoy hearing him sing.
    • This style of indie pop often takes the latter route, making it easy to overlook but that much more seductive.


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  • 1An indie pop group, record label, or film company.
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    • After the big sellers - the Christmas albums - are done for the season, the record stores stock the indies again, so now we're seeing a big difference.
    • Possessing licensing deals with the major labels and indies has become an important selling point to attract consumers away from the free file-trading sites.
    • Napster Canada has licences from the big five labels as well as indies.
  • 1.1Indie music regarded as a genre.
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    • Even beyond indies vs. studio films, there became a schism at the studios.
    • I'm just as disenchanted with American indies as studio films.
    • He closes by examining the few films - mostly little-known indies - that he believes portray the city in a fuller, truer fashion.


1920s (first used with reference to film production): abbreviation of independent.

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