Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal One, such as a studio or producer, that is unaffiliated with a larger or more commercial organization.
  • n. Informal An artistic work produced by an independent company or group: "[His film] showed that indies could . . . take in millions at the box office” ( Liesl Schillinger).
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being an indie: an album of indie rock; an indie film company.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. any form of popular culture (such as pop music from a group not signed to a major label) from outside the mainstream
  • adj. a type of rock music, generally soft-style without screaming or aggression, mixed with synthesized music and electronic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of pop groups) not affiliated with a major recording company
  • n. a pop group not affiliated with a major record company
  • n. an independent film company not associated with an established studio

Etymologies

ind(ependent) + -y1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From independent, by shortening (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There's folky indie, there's metaly indie, dancey indie, there's indie-schmindie, jingly-jangly bumhead indie, punky-indie, singer-songwritery indie* ... and even those descriptions are inherantly lacking in proper decriptive terms.

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  • Today, the reasons for DIY publishing I resist the term "indie," for independent publishers are not the same as self-publishers are myriad.

    Red Room: Sherry Jones: Self-Publishing: The Elephant in the Room

  • Though as Richard Nash suggests, we're all indie now (except the big guys), so even the term indie doesn't mean much:

    Hugh McGuire: Why "Self-Publishing" Is Meaningless

  • The term indie rock, like the word "blog," is too cozy for comfort.

    Left Behind: Black Music by White Musicians

  • A peek at the back lot for "Cloud Atlas" testifies to the need for a budget that defies the term "indie."

    NYT > Home Page

  • The style they favor is what they call indie rock, an apt enough designation for the sweet, moody songs they perform together, which would not sound out of place on the soundtrack of a movie at the Sundance Film Festival.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Anyway, I guess that just goes to show that the question of "indie" is universal through all modern artistic mediums.

    Video Game Hipsters

  • According to Wikipedia, the term "indie" is generally defined as being "independent from mainstream" - a subculture of non-conformity, avant-garde (novels/experimental), and not a small amount of elitism.

    June 27th, 2006

  • Underground, progressive and indie is the only thing happening.

    In Support of Blue Scholars « PubliCola

  • Audiences will be seeing more of the 25-year-old later this year in indie drama Girlfriend.

    Who Is Raising Hope's Shannon Woodward?

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