noun, often attributive
tech·no | \ˈtek-nō \

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


The club plays only techno.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Over 150 musicians will perform everything from folk to techno to polka. Zipporah Osei,, "A porch festival, a Disney concert, and cycling for cancer," 1 June 2018 But while the medium of U2’s message has typically taken the form of overblown stage shows, the band’s current tour pares things down to a back-to-basics four-piece format with few techno-bells or whistles. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "The Weekender: Bono, Beyoncé, Neko, and Hamlet," 21 June 2018 But for her own productions, Ms. Borges mixes these childhood influences with polyrhythms, frantic beats, air horns and elements of genres like trance, European techno, Afro-house and American R&B. Her drums thwack like a bucking bronco. Kate Hutchinson, New York Times, "Nídia Is Bringing the Sound of Lisbon’s Ghettos to the World," 14 June 2018 What explains this growing obsession with techno-fixes for climate change? Adam Mcgibbon, The New Republic, "There Is No Quick Fix for Climate Change," 11 June 2018 Betty Gabriel Is Waiting for Hollywood’s Call Ben King/BH Tilt The Get Out breakout star talks about her career post-Georgina and her new techno-horror film Upgrade. Max Cea, GQ, "Betty Gabriel Is Waiting for Hollywood’s Call," 1 June 2018 And then there’s Ex American, a minimalist but vibrant blend of new-wave, techno and pop. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Grayling album release, J. Walker & the Crossguards, Chris Canas," 12 July 2018 But those who put their faith in the event organizers will be rewarded with about 40 D.J.s — all of whom are based in New York — presenting a vast array of house, ambient, techno and noise. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Most of the six subsequent editions have also drawn capacity or near-capacity crowds to hear an array of house music and techno acts. George Varga,, "CRSSD Festival announces fall 2018 lineup, including Bob Moses, Marian Hill, Claptone, Sofi Tukker," 28 June 2018

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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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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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