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[in-dee] /ˈɪn di/ Informal.
an independently owned business:
to work for an indie.
(of a person) self-employed; (of a business) privately owned:
an indie film producer.
Origin of indie
1940-45; ind(ependent) + -ie Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indie
  • 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.
  • About five years ago, indie rockers began to rediscover the pleasures of rhythm.
  • Since then, the members have forsaken higher education to pursue their music, artful and minimal indie folk.
  • His aesthetic is clean and instantly readable-broad social cartooning rendered with the graphic bang of an indie concert poster.
  • Stick to your principles or join the machine-it's a choice that has flummoxed many an indie band.
  • Created by a small indie team, these two games are professional, polished productions all the way through.
  • The indie filmmakers are taking a different tactic than their commercial counterparts.
British Dictionary definitions for indie


  1. an independent film or record company
  2. (as modifier): an indie producer, the indie charts
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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.
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