noun, often attributive
tech·​no | \ ˈtek-nō How to pronounce techno (audio) \

Definition of techno

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: electronic dance music that features a fast beat and synthesized sounds usually without vocals or a conventional popular song structure


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Definition of techno- (Entry 2 of 2)

: technical : technological technocracy

Examples of techno in a Sentence

Noun The club plays only techno.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But critics of techno-enhancement, who superficially might seem more credible, indulge in hype too, to alarm us. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Premature Freak-Outs about Techno-Enhancement," 23 Jan. 2021 Still, the electricity of this track is undeniable as both a proclamation of techno’s glory and the return of one of its architects to the fore. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Dance Songs of 2020: Critic's Picks," 17 Dec. 2020 From a community record player to a stage for performances, the Filthy Americans Arts and Cultural Preservation Center is a new space for Detroiters to learn about the history of the city's defining culture of hip-hop and techno music. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Music producer Filthy Rockwell opens storefront, creative hub for Detroiters," 31 Dec. 2020 Cacophonous techno production lines each of these tracks, which offer lyrics about isolation, missing friends, and missing the world. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The 30 Best Albums of 2020 That Made Us Cry, Dance, and Fall in Love," 15 Dec. 2020 On a recent Saturday a hundred unmasked revellers bopped to techno tunes. The Economist, "The pandemic has changed China’s nightclubs," 12 Dec. 2020 Walker shot the scene with four cameras and two Scorpio techno-cranes, as well as an Oculus lens that had a four-axis head. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Best of 2020 (Behind the Scenes): How filmmakers made Mulan defy gravity in that wall-run scene," 11 Dec. 2020 The nuclear rocket project was soon canceled, but that party was emblematic of the moment—a lava lamp–like swirl of social worries, pop catharsis, techno-swagger, and New Age manifestos for reaching our true human potential. David Beers, The New Republic, "Selling the American Space Dream," 7 Dec. 2020 While Germany has escaped the more stringent lockdowns, coronavirus restrictions have transformed Berlin, known for its 24-hour nightlife, thumping techno clubs and vibrant arts scene. Washington Post, "Gloom settles over Europe as days darken and coronavirus surges," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of techno


1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for techno


from techno- (as in techno-pop or techno-rock, styles of popular music utilizing electronically created sounds)

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from technology

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31 Jan 2021

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“Techno.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of techno

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a type of electronic dance music that has a fast beat


combining form

English Language Learners Definition of techno- (Entry 2 of 2)

: technical : technological

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