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Un•der•ground (un’der ground’), n., adj.

1) A genre in music and other forms of media intended for an elite audience, that is often characterized by its high levels of originality and experimentation, and does not conform to typical standards, trends, or hypes as set by the popular mainstream media.
The mainstream media has a tendency to steal new ideas from the underground.
by Essix April 16, 2005
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Adj. Something that is expected to have a long lifespan by virtue of having existed for a long time, based on the lindy effect, named for the New York restaurant Lindy's, coined by Albert Goldman and popularized by Nassim Taleb.
cooking with fire is lindy
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A movement or a group of people related to music, who do it not for the money, the notoriety or the fame, but for the love. They don’t promote, because they don’t crave popularity. They also don’t need to tell everyone about how underground they are because they aren’t really interested in labelling their own movement, they just do it, and if people enjoy it, great.
You ain't underground, you have a Facebook page advertsing your event fella....
by dandesqueran June 06, 2015
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Art, opinion or organization that exists outside of mainstream society or culture. Also known as "independent" or sometimes "counter-culture".
Giff preferred the underground music scene in her area to the bland stuff that played on most radio stations.
by Gyro June 09, 2002
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The London railway system. Also called the Metro or Tube.
We took the Underground from King's Cross to Covent Gardens.
by Zen84 December 01, 2007
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Underground is about passion. of course the word is missused and abused . a true underground artist will create music/art from the heart as apposed to something tailored to a commercial market.an underground event organiser will still put on the event for the love of it even if its going to lose money... underground artists can have a long career out of the often distructive gaze of mainsteam media and earn money which is closer to someone with a good job than the millions of there commercial counterparts. where as a commercial artist will probably have a short shelf life
"I have been buying his records for 15 years, a true underground artist"

"whatever happened to him , last year he was on every tv show , radio station and all the teenage girls had his tee shirt"
by from the heart June 12, 2007
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