a company smaller than and independent of the major companies in a particular field, esp., such a company producing and distributing recorded music or films
Origin of indieind(ependent) + -ie
of or produced by an indie
- One, such as a studio or producer, that is unaffiliated with a larger or more commercial organization.
- An artistic work produced by an independent company or group: “[His film] showed that indies could &ellipsis; take in millions at the box office” (Liesl Schillinger).
Of, relating to, or being an indie: an album of indie rock; an indie film company.
Origin of indieind(ependent) + –y1.
- In this spelling, generally but not exclusively used for pop culture, especially music or games, with indy used in other contexts such as wrestling.
From independent, by shortening. Used of popular music since the 1980s, and of cinema for some decades before that.