Definition of indie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈindē/ /ˈɪndi/

Translate indie into Spanish


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

    ‘Also impressive is the soundtrack; for an indie film, there are some fine sounds in this flick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is this analogous to indie films versus major Hollywood releases?’
    • ‘But as the indie movement has learned, indie films have to be marketed just the same as major studio releases.’
    • ‘This distributor fills a niche market with indie films, documentaries, and other entertainment discs, and fills it well.’
    • ‘The indie film business really needs to be wondering just what it is supposed to be now that it's grown up.’
    • ‘Of course, it's not nearly as under as the three indie films hitting the market this weekend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By reading both, indie filmmakers will be equipped with all the business knowledge they need to find success in the indie film world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘But despite quality movie stars, the switch to English, and a more accessible story, this is still very much an indie film.’
    • ‘Anyone involved in the indie film world cannot help but notice that a growing number of filmmakers are self-releasing their movies.’
    • ‘Is indie film today the same animal you fell in love with?’
    • ‘But when you are talking indie film, shouldn't there be a higher standard?’
    • ‘The strength of an indie film is in the script and the acting.’
    • ‘For an indie short film, the production values are downright impressive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, these five tracks were obviously enough to plant the seeds for a happy indie label contract, but what of the other three?’
    • ‘More importantly, the group had, by releasing consecutive great albums on a hot indie label, caught the attention of the music press.’
    1. 1.1Characteristic of the deliberately unpolished or uncommercial style of small independent pop groups.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘This style of indie pop often takes the latter route, making it easy to overlook but that much more seductive.’
      • ‘The play their own unique style of melodic lo-fi indie rock, with flowing guitar lines, soft vocals and fat drums and bass.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their success has done nothing to influence their magical indie style of movie-making.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the new age of indie vogue, film festivals - once rare and vital vehicles for showcasing independents - are now a dime a dozen.’
      • ‘It's about instant access to Hollywood classics, new releases, indie fare and grassroots films, at any time, on any device.’


  • 1An indie 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's a complexity to it all, mixing indie with harder rock.’
    • ‘That still leaves three other major labels and countless indies around the world still to go.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You'll find everything from rock and indie to emo and hip hop, and entry is £2 before 11 pm and £3 after.’
    • ‘I guess that in the argument between the indies and the majors, the majors are after a quick buck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's refreshing to see that even the smaller indies are able to contribute to large-minded charitable ventures.’
    • ‘They let us operate the same way we operated on our indie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are hints of grunge, supercharged indie, but plenty of searching, epic moments too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Indie music regarded as a genre.
      ‘Even beyond indies vs. studio films, there became a schism at the studios.’
      • ‘I'm just as disenchanted with American indies as studio films.’
      • ‘He closes by examining the few films - mostly little-known indies - that he believes portray the city in a fuller, truer fashion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The truth is that this ban hurts many studios films’ Oscar hopes far more than it hurts the indies.’
      • ‘You want to know why the truly independent minded indies remain indie?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course, a indie / dependent studio is, in many ways, a collective licensing scheme.’
      • ‘But for the indies, an Oscar nomination is a big win.’
      • ‘Another huge difference between major studio distribution choices and indies is expectation.’
      • ‘Just the name alone sends shivers up indies ' shot schedules and editing equipment.’
      • ‘And while occasional events can happen for the other true indies, the disparity between the haves and the have-nots is getting greater.’
      • ‘I don't buy into the conspiracy against indies theory.’
      • ‘This is the kind of filmmaking that renews my faith in indies.’
      • ‘His definition refers to extant companies, implying the book is mainly about modern indies.’
      • ‘The other foreign-finance indies are playing it much closer to the vest.’
      • ‘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?’


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