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From independent, by shortening. Used of popular music since the 1980s, and of cinema for some decades before that.



indie (not comparable)

  1. Independent; from outside the mainstream.
    an indie pop group; an indie video game

Usage notesEdit

  • In this spelling, generally but not exclusively used for pop culture, especially music or games, with indy used in other contexts such as wrestling.

Related termsEdit


indie (plural indies)

  1. An independent publisher.
    • 2005, Billboard (volume 117, number 3, 15 January 2005, page 36)
      He says Ninja Tune retains the master and publishing rights on most of its catalog, making it easy to license quickly. Yet as majors jump on the videogame bandwagon, he fears indies may lose that outlet.
  2. A work released by an independent publisher.
  3. (uncountable, music) A type of rock music, generally soft-style without screaming or aggression, mixed with synthesized music and electronic.
  4. A person who listens to indie music and follows indie fashion.

Derived termsEdit



indie m, f (plural indies)

  1. indie (style)
  2. indie (person who follows the indie style)