in·​die ˈin-dē How to pronounce indie (audio)
: one that is independent
especially : an unaffiliated record or motion-picture production company
: something (such as a record or film) produced by an indie
indie adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Hasan Raheem blends indie and r&B into a stylishly smooth and catchy sound that can make any of his music a pop sensation. Tara Aquino, Rolling Stone, 16 Nov. 2022 Boston indie rock trio the Rare Occasions plays live at 8:45 p.m. Tickets via Gary Graff, cleveland, 9 Nov. 2022 He’s such a brilliant producer with a background in Americana, rock, indie, and so much more. Quincy Green, Billboard, 8 Nov. 2022 Gavin Friday, more indie than all of us and equal in sedition to the art insurrectionist that is Brian Eno. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 26 Oct. 2022 Born and raised in Baltimore County, the brothers — Derek, 30, Keenan, 29, Mitchell, 27, and Spencer, 26 — blend several genres to create the indie, pop, rock-leaning band Pretty O.P. Micha Green, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2022 The event will feature a diverse array of national and local alternative, indie, pop and rock acts, in addition to highlighting several nearby businesses and vendors. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 24 Aug. 2022 Talk about Le Tigre’s decision to leave Mr. Lady, a tiny indie, and sign to Universal. Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2022 Which means this outré party band deluxe helped make indie, alternative, college rock or whatever a viable business and art. Matt Wake |, al, 18 July 2022 See More

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Word History


by shortening & alteration from independent

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of indie was in 1928

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“Indie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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