indie

[in-dee] Informal.
noun
1.
an independently owned business: to work for an indie.
adjective
2.
(of a person) self-employed; (of a business) privately owned: an indie film producer.

Origin:
1940–45; ind(ependent) + -ie

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indie (ˈɪndɪ)
 
n
informal
 a.  an independent film or record company
 b.  (as modifier): an indie producer; the indie charts

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Word Origin & History

indie
"independent record company," 1945, shortening of independent; used of film production companies since 1920s, of theaters from 1942; extended by 1984 to a type of pop music by such labels.
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indie
independent
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Example sentences
Now, it's true that many of the heavy-hitters that blog about chemistry do so
  from elsewhere or in an indie fashion.
Some of this success is an accident of timing: many popular indie acts released
  albums this year.
Same great indie films without the celebrity-hungry tourists.
Peruse the wares of indie jewelry makers outside and watch painters putting the
  jumbled rooftop view down on paper.
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