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.

    • ‘By reading both, indie filmmakers will be equipped with all the business knowledge they need to find success in the indie film world.’
    • ‘Actually, if the indie labels had politics they were at base neither socialist nor conservative but autonomist.’
    • ‘Is indie film today the same animal you fell in love with?’
    • ‘But despite quality movie stars, the switch to English, and a more accessible story, this is still very much an indie film.’
    • ‘One does not normally think of labels milking the minor successes of lo-fi indie groups, but apparently it happens.’
    • ‘They started on small indie labels and made the jump to a major label.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘It's hard, it's really not a very good time for indie labels.’
    • ‘Of course, it's not nearly as under as the three indie films hitting the market this weekend.’
    • ‘Of these 21 songs, seven come from indie labels, 14 from majors.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think we're just more anti-corporate, because there are a lot of indie labels that act the same way as the majors.’
    • ‘Consumers are fed up with the major-label side of the industry, and many bands have felt let down by the indie labels.’
    • ‘But when you are talking indie film, shouldn't there be a higher standard?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This distributor fills a niche market with indie films, documentaries, and other entertainment discs, and fills it well.’
    • ‘The strength of an indie film is in the script and the acting.’
    • ‘Are they a natural conclusion to what the girl-led indie groups of the mid 90's didn't finish?’
    • ‘Also impressive is the soundtrack; for an indie film, there are some fine sounds in this flick.’
    • ‘For an indie short film, the production values are downright impressive.’
    • ‘Borrowing from all sorts of hip indie groups, it featured 14 musicians, eight of whom had songwriting credits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My experience with indie labels was generally that they were just as exploitative as the major labels - they just had a lot less money.’
    • ‘So, these five tracks were obviously enough to plant the seeds for a happy indie label contract, but what of the other three?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More importantly, the group had, by releasing consecutive great albums on a hot indie label, caught the attention of the music press.’
    • ‘The band moves along in great fashion, quoting some of the better indie groups with the clicking drums and wiggling guitars.’
    • ‘It was a patchy but hard rocking lo-budget affair released on tiny indie label Trinity.’
    • ‘Anyone involved in the indie film world cannot help but notice that a growing number of filmmakers are self-releasing their movies.’
    • ‘The indie film business really needs to be wondering just what it is supposed to be now that it's grown up.’
    • ‘It sounds surprisingly like a power-pop act putting out a single on an indie record label.’
    • ‘Have you dealt with your issues relating to the short lifespan of indie labels?’
    • ‘Perhaps all of the indie labels will go under (including my own), and I'll be eating these words in a year.’
    • ‘This is a pretty cool garage punk band on yet another fine underground indie label.’
    • ‘She had one radio hit on an indie label, but the big ones never got her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The play their own unique style of melodic lo-fi indie rock, with flowing guitar lines, soft vocals and fat drums and bass.’
      • ‘This style of indie pop often takes the latter route, making it easy to overlook but that much more seductive.’
      • ‘It's about instant access to Hollywood classics, new releases, indie fare and grassroots films, at any time, on any device.’
      • ‘Their success has done nothing to influence their magical indie style of movie-making.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The boy had messy and wild blonde hair that was styled in an indie rock style, cut nicely and kept a bit longer.’
      • ‘It starts in a traditional indie style, building to a climax before breaking into an incredible disco stomp.’


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

    • ‘I guess that in the argument between the indies and the majors, the majors are after a quick buck.’
    • ‘You'll find everything from rock and indie to emo and hip hop, and entry is £2 before 11 pm and £3 after.’
    • ‘There are hints of grunge, supercharged indie, but plenty of searching, epic moments too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That still leaves three other major labels and countless indies around the world still to go.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's a complexity to it all, mixing indie with harder rock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They let us operate the same way we operated on our indie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Napster Canada has licences from the big five labels as well as indies.’
    • ‘Top acts from across the music spectrum were there - reggae, indie, hip-hop, punk, bhangra and garage - performing to massive racially mixed crowds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the UK alone, indies together account for a quarter of record sales.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Indie music regarded as a genre.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Another huge difference between major studio distribution choices and indies is expectation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even beyond indies vs. studio films, there became a schism at the studios.’
      • ‘The other foreign-finance indies are playing it much closer to the vest.’
      • ‘But for the indies, an Oscar nomination is a big win.’
      • ‘Do indies have a real voice at the Academy, assuming that we don't count Miramax as an indie?’
      • ‘This is the kind of filmmaking that renews my faith in indies.’
      • ‘I'm just as disenchanted with American indies as studio films.’
      • ‘The indies have seen their cost of business rise beyond reason as well.’
      • ‘You want to know why the truly independent minded indies remain 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.’
      • ‘And while occasional events can happen for the other true indies, the disparity between the haves and the have-nots is getting greater.’
      • ‘He closes by examining the few films - mostly little-known indies - that he believes portray the city in a fuller, truer fashion.’
      • ‘His definition refers to extant companies, implying the book is mainly about modern indies.’
      • ‘Just the name alone sends shivers up indies ' shot schedules and editing equipment.’
      • ‘The truth is that this ban hurts many studios films’ Oscar hopes far more than it hurts the indies.’


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