Definition of indie in English:



  • 1(of a pop group, record label, or film company) not belonging or affiliated to a major record or film company.

    • ‘She had one radio hit on an indie label, but the big ones never got her.’
    • ‘One does not normally think of labels milking the minor successes of lo-fi indie groups, but apparently it happens.’
    • ‘Consumers are fed up with the major-label side of the industry, and many bands have felt let down by the indie labels.’
    • ‘It was a patchy but hard rocking lo-budget affair released on tiny indie label Trinity.’
    • ‘More importantly, the group had, by releasing consecutive great albums on a hot indie label, caught the attention of the music press.’
    • ‘Making the rounds of uncomfortable, dysfunctional indie films seems to be a career choice for her, and I'd like to see her in something I could enjoy.’
    • ‘Perhaps all of the indie labels will go under (including my own), and I'll be eating these words in a year.’
    • ‘By reading both, indie filmmakers will be equipped with all the business knowledge they need to find success in the indie film world.’
    • ‘Anyone involved in the indie film world cannot help but notice that a growing number of filmmakers are self-releasing their movies.’
    • ‘It's hard, it's really not a very good time for indie labels.’
    • ‘This is a pretty cool garage punk band on yet another fine underground indie label.’
    • ‘It sounds surprisingly like a power-pop act putting out a single on an indie record label.’
    • ‘There were plenty of good, entertaining films out there on both the blockbuster end and the indie end of things, but instances of greatness were rare.’
    • ‘Of these 21 songs, seven come from indie labels, 14 from majors.’
    • ‘The indie film business really needs to be wondering just what it is supposed to be now that it's grown up.’
    • ‘Is indie film today the same animal you fell in love with?’
    • ‘Of course, it's not nearly as under as the three indie films hitting the market this weekend.’
    • ‘Borrowing from all sorts of hip indie groups, it featured 14 musicians, eight of whom had songwriting credits.’
    • ‘Have you dealt with your issues relating to the short lifespan of indie labels?’
    • ‘For an indie short film, the production values are downright impressive.’
    • ‘But despite quality movie stars, the switch to English, and a more accessible story, this is still very much an indie film.’
    • ‘The fact that we've been invited to play France and Sweden within a year of releasing our first album on a tiny indie label bodes well.’
    • ‘We recorded a demo CD early this year and sent it off to various labels but these days it is really difficult getting a deal as a lot of indie labels aren't interested in doing singles.’
    • ‘My experience with indie labels was generally that they were just as exploitative as the major labels - they just had a lot less money.’
    • ‘Are they a natural conclusion to what the girl-led indie groups of the mid 90's didn't finish?’
    • ‘But it is true that the indie promoters say they won't take the money unless the song proves it has at least a shot.’
    • ‘Actually, if the indie labels had politics they were at base neither socialist nor conservative but autonomist.’
    • ‘This distributor fills a niche market with indie films, documentaries, and other entertainment discs, and fills it well.’
    • ‘I think we're just more anti-corporate, because there are a lot of indie labels that act the same way as the majors.’
    • ‘The strength of an indie film is in the script and the acting.’
    • ‘The band moves along in great fashion, quoting some of the better indie groups with the clicking drums and wiggling guitars.’
    • ‘They started on small indie labels and made the jump to a major label.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also impressive is the soundtrack; for an indie film, there are some fine sounds in this flick.’
    • ‘But when you are talking indie film, shouldn't there be a higher standard?’
    • ‘Though the directing and acting may belie the indie roots of this film, you'll see them more easily when you pop this disc into your player.’
    • ‘So I moved on from that pretty quickly and started working on a lot of indie films, mostly sci-fi and horror stuff at first…’
    • ‘I think with a lot of indie groups, a steady release of projects and albums is what you have to do in order to sustain your audience, and I definitely agree with that.’
    • ‘Is this analogous to indie films versus major Hollywood releases?’
    • ‘So, these five tracks were obviously enough to plant the seeds for a happy indie label contract, but what of the other three?’
    • ‘But as the indie movement has learned, indie films have to be marketed just the same as major studio releases.’
    1. 1.1 Characteristic of the deliberately unpolished or uncommercialized style of small independent pop groups.
      • ‘It's about instant access to Hollywood classics, new releases, indie fare and grassroots films, at any time, on any device.’
      • ‘The play their own unique style of melodic lo-fi indie rock, with flowing guitar lines, soft vocals and fat drums and bass.’
      • ‘It's just another part of what the man does so brilliantly in this film - he has smuggled an almost indie aesthetic into a film that, to me, seems very commercial.’
      • ‘It starts in a traditional indie style, building to a climax before breaking into an incredible disco stomp.’
      • ‘In the new age of indie vogue, film festivals - once rare and vital vehicles for showcasing independents - are now a dime a dozen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their success has done nothing to influence their magical indie style of movie-making.’
      • ‘The boy had messy and wild blonde hair that was styled in an indie rock style, cut nicely and kept a bit longer.’
      • ‘This style of indie pop often takes the latter route, making it easy to overlook but that much more seductive.’


  • 1A small independent pop group, record label, or film company.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some people might see the move from a major back to an indie as a step in the wrong direction, even if it is your own label.’
    • ‘It's ploddy, 4/4 guitar driven indie that clutches on the coat tails of just about every band that came out of England in the 90's.’
    • ‘You'll find everything from rock and indie to emo and hip hop, and entry is £2 before 11 pm and £3 after.’
    • ‘Napster Canada has licences from the big five labels as well as indies.’
    • ‘Well, we were only on an indie for three months and when we signed to a major, our album didn't come out for a year and a half after that.’
    • ‘In the UK alone, indies together account for a quarter of record sales.’
    • ‘Also - and this is important - by raising overhead costs (publicity, cross promotion, etc.), the music industry makes it more difficult for indies to enter the market.’
    • ‘The indies continue to thrive against the odds and, more importantly, they have the vision, the music and the passion to make you a believer in the future of our business.’
    • ‘Their inside knowledge gives their boutique roots/country label a leg up on a lot of other indies; when they need to, they can play the majors' game.’
    • ‘They let us operate the same way we operated on our indie.’
    • ‘Top acts from across the music spectrum were there - reggae, indie, hip-hop, punk, bhangra and garage - performing to massive racially mixed crowds.’
    • ‘There are hints of grunge, supercharged indie, but plenty of searching, epic moments too.’
    • ‘It's refreshing to see that even the smaller indies are able to contribute to large-minded charitable ventures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's a complexity to it all, mixing indie with harder rock.’
    • ‘It's a move the band was practically forced to pursue after none of the Canadian indies the band shopped their demo to were responsive.’
    • ‘He brought with him enough songs to kick all three new stores off with 700,000 songs from all five major labels and ‘dozens’ of indies.’
    • ‘That still leaves three other major labels and countless indies around the world still to go.’
    • ‘I guess that in the argument between the indies and the majors, the majors are after a quick buck.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Indie music regarded as a genre.
      • ‘Part of the main drag downtown was closed to traffic, and every night all kinds of films, classics to indies, were screened outside for free.’
      • ‘I'm just as disenchanted with American indies as studio films.’
      • ‘And while occasional events can happen for the other true indies, the disparity between the haves and the have-nots is getting greater.’
      • ‘There are, in fact, a great many indies dressed in studio clothing, trying desperately to imitate their conventional brethren in the hopes of national distribution.’
      • ‘The truth is that this ban hurts many studios films’ Oscar hopes far more than it hurts the indies.’
      • ‘But for the indies, an Oscar nomination is a big win.’
      • ‘Another huge difference between major studio distribution choices and indies is expectation.’
      • ‘The other foreign-finance indies are playing it much closer to the vest.’
      • ‘His definition refers to extant companies, implying the book is mainly about modern indies.’
      • ‘This is the kind of filmmaking that renews my faith in indies.’
      • ‘The indies have seen their cost of business rise beyond reason as well.’
      • ‘Do indies have a real voice at the Academy, assuming that we don't count Miramax as an indie?’
      • ‘Of course, a indie / dependent studio is, in many ways, a collective licensing scheme.’
      • ‘I don't buy into the conspiracy against indies theory.’
      • ‘You want to know why the truly independent minded indies remain indie?’
      • ‘Even beyond indies vs. studio films, there became a schism at the studios.’
      • ‘Just the name alone sends shivers up indies ' shot schedules and editing equipment.’
      • ‘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.