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According to the dictionary, 'indie' is an informal version of the word independent.

Although this definition is accurate, the word has come to mean more. For many, it has come to symbolize originality and forward-thinking, especially in music and design.

By this definition, indie is any business or designer that is not associated with a large company. Indie can also define the consumer who chooses to support small business, independent record labels and handmade items rather than shopping at big-box stores.
I can't wait to attend the upcoming fashion show- there will be some great indie designers there and I'm looking for something unique!
by CraftRevolution June 07, 2005
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a sometimes good genre of music... usually with indie kid's as followers
Indie music represents the way the world should be.....not
by VC Brewers 2005 edition May 01, 2005
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Indie (independent) rock. While once more of a meaningful genre with independent bands on independent record labels, it is now emo's up and coming brother, loved by both annoying scenesters and mainstream fans alike. Being on a mainstream label kind of defeats the purpose of being called "indie."
Indie kid: Hey, let's go listen to Interpol or the Blood Brothers.
Emo kid: Sure, they're pretty cool. Maybe we could listen to some Bright Eyes afterwards, and cry or something.
Indie kid: I can't believe how cool we are.
by Charles Haunch May 01, 2005
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Indie = independent (usually rock-orientated) music

Indie rock = full one oneself (at least quite often)
To "be cool" with the other indie rock folks, I must have an extensive record collection with minimal well-known rock titles, have a working turntable and plenty of vinyl to go with it, easily dismiss others, think I'm better, over analyze others, and overall have an attitude that makes people not want to associate with the scene. ... nice job, everyone. nice job
by Chuck October 05, 2003
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indie is another word for independent. someone who wants to be something other than wot everyone else is. the problem is theres only so many things u can be so in the end indie is just another word for someone who thinks there different by wearing all the same stuff the other different people wear.
Kind of like an emo in denial.

INDIE: i'm so different and independent; i dont wear any of this adidas rubish or listen to "rock". i wear converse and listen to music people have never heard of... like muse and other famous bands.

Kind of contradictionary.
by Jackish September 29, 2005
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Indie is music for people who have scraggly beards and thick glasses, wear lots of brown, and never take their ipod headphones off. Found largely on college campuses, most indie kids think they are cool, but actually nerds in total denial about how much they suck.
I used to play Dungeons and Dragons and listen to Smash Mouth, but now I'm indie.
by Wes Carroll October 03, 2005
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Best Indie band ever: The Kings of Leon
best indie band, in the world ever: the kings of leon
by pettigo November 18, 2005
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Group of bands that their band name starts out with "The". Although most of the bands starting with "The" are usually considered pop-indie, they are stil a type of indie music.
The Hives, The Killers, The Honorary Title, The Ataris, The Bravery, The Postal Service, The Hanks, and many more....
by Xander2160 June 07, 2005
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