in·​die | \ ˈin-dē How to pronounce indie (audio) \

Definition of indie

1 : one that is independent especially : an unaffiliated record or motion-picture production company
2 : something (such as a record or film) produced by an indie

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Other Words from indie

indie adjective

Examples of indie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the indie leader in moving database applications to the cloud, Snowflake has been growing at triple-digit rates and wowing customers with insanely speedy services. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Snowflake could become a tech giant," 15 Sep. 2020 Best week for indie store CD album sales since the week ending March 12 (239,000). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "U.S. Vinyl Album Sales Hit Biggest Week in 2020 After First Record Store Day Drop," 8 Sep. 2020 Today’s most acclaimed indie acts include the likes of 100 Gecs and Sophie, who create parodic, deadpan pastiches of pop clichés. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Katy Perry and the End of Pop," 1 Sep. 2020 The Sidewalk Cinema, an indie movie house on the lower level of the Pizitz building in downtown Birmingham, has been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mary Colurso |, al, "Sidewalk Cinema to reopen with 5-week run of ‘Tenet’," 27 Aug. 2020 Semi-autobiographical, slice-of-life New York indie films aren't just for twentysomethings anymore. Tyler Aquilina,, "Netflix drops painfully funny trailer for Sundance sensation The Forty-Year-Old Version," 26 Aug. 2020 Ammonite comes from Neon, the same distributor for recent indie marvels including Parasite, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and I, Tonya. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet Spark an Aching Beachside Romance in Ammonite," 25 Aug. 2020 Picking the top act is a matter of preference between indie-rock lovers (R.E.M.) and those who love to rock hard (Van Halen). Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "The best and worst Rock Hall inductees, every year since 1986," 18 Aug. 2020 And Fishback, so good at playing bruised, street-smart young women on HBO's The Deuce and in the lovely indie drama Night Comes On, mixes innocence, quick-thinking savvy and snark here to disarming effect. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Project Power': Film Review," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of indie

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for indie

by shortening & alteration from independent

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The first known use of indie was in 1928

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21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Indie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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