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

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 Given the city’s heritage of rhythm and blues, rock, rap, hip hop, gospel, blues, jazz, punk and techno, who decided the city should be repped at halftime by a country music duo from Maryland? Phil Rosenthal,, "Bears Week 13 winners and losers: Joe Buck was able to laugh at his gaffe after Cordarrelle Patterson’s big kickoff return," 28 Nov. 2019 No lineup has been set yet, but Richards honed an idiosyncratic mix of hip-hop, big-room EDM and bass music, emerging R&B and underground techno during his decade producing Hard Summer. August Brown,, "Hard Summer's Gary Richards returns with new All My Friends music fest," 10 Apr. 2018 The accompanying video features six young Muslim American men and women, discussing the internship’s highlights over peppy techno beats. ProPublica, "Facebook Ads Can Still Discriminate Against Women and Older Workers, Despite a Civil Rights Settlement," 13 Dec. 2019 When the original owners sold out to Joe Dale, one of their employees, the store soon narrowed its focus to dance music subgenres like house, techno and disco. Allison Stewart,, "It’s been 50 years of thumping, bumping and setting the dance scene for the iconic North Side Gramaphone Records," 14 Nov. 2019 Set inside a bumping 126-beats-per-minute dance track, the collaboration draws on a lineage that whisks the techno and house sounds of Detroit, Chicago and Berlin with a dollop of London grime to create a particularly potent Skrillex confection. Los Angeles Times, "California Sounds: Skrillex with Ty Dolla Sign and Devendra Banhart’s ode to Venezuela," 28 Aug. 2019 Both technologies promise even more strife between the health foods crowd and Silicon Valley techno-utopians. Adrienne Bitar, Time, "The Turkey Has Been the Subject of Thanksgiving-Day Arguments for Longer Than You Probably Think," 28 Nov. 2019 Did Ivrea’s lefty techno-utopians run afoul of Uncle Sam? Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 25 Nov. 2019 The focus is on the music and keeping it fresh: one week Vibes might feature reggae, with Cuban music the next week and Asian techno the week after that. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "A new restaurant and music lounge inspired by 'great vibes' is coming to Butchertown," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of techno


1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for techno


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

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13 Jan 2020

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“Techno.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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

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

: technical : technological

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