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


combining form

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

Dior had dancers, Louis Vuitton built a space station in the Louvre, Saint Laurent lit up the Trocadéro with palm trees and a reflecting pool, and Balenciaga constructed a mind-bending techno tunnel. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna, Celine, and That Versace Deal—The 10 Biggest Stories of the Spring 2019 Season," 5 Oct. 2018 But its outcome could put third countries in one camp or the other, increasing the risk that the world eventually splits into two techno-blocs. The Economist, "America’s tech giants vie with China’s in third countries," 5 July 2018 Netta Barzilai, 25, has won over Israelis and Europeans with her techno-dance tune about female empowerment, her message of inclusiveness and a personal story of overcoming adversity. Washington Post, "Israel at 70: Contrasting images of victory and violence," 15 May 2018 With techno pounding and a swarm of glittering drones hovering outside the floor-to-ceiling windows, Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, announced that online ordering of the 2019 Audi E-Tron was officially open. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "Audi Officially Unveils Its First EV, the E-Tron," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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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