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


The club plays only techno.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brilliant back-to-backs, including Ben Klock and DJ Nobu One is a Berghain resident turned international techno hero. Annabel Ross, Billboard, "Ten Things That Proved Sónar Barcelona Is a Music Festival Unlike Any Other," 21 June 2018 That is the North London neighborhood that is home to Sports Banger, a brand that combines bootleg satire, for-the-people sportswear, social campaigning, and hard-core techno. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "In London, Rave Culture Is Alive and Unwell at Sports Banger," 18 Feb. 2019 The good news is that in the wake of so many privacy scandals and a growing culture of techno-suspicion, some gadgets are taking a comforting turn towards trustlessness. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Tech Companies Shouldn't Make Us Trust Them, At All," 11 Jan. 2019 Cook also tried to distance Apple from the dark clouds that have sullied that techno-optimism in recent years. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Tim Cook's Duke Commencement Speech Emphasizes Tech Privacy," 13 May 2018 Yes, there is a human story buried in the techno-political struggle, for only an obsessive with a reason for his obsession would keep pursuing such a mystery. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: A Novelist in Awe of Physics," 16 Aug. 2018 Onstage, the two of them d.j. together, his once insurrectionary techno now a family heirloom. Michaelangelo Matos, The New Yorker, "Divinity on the Dance Floor," 27 Apr. 2018 On the one side was the AfD. On the other was a counter-rally organised by techno clubs, epitomes of the right-on, post-68 Germany. The Economist, "The legacy of Germany’s student protests in 1968," 31 May 2018 The hand-done, the homespun, and things crafted have taken the runways with full force, replacing the computerized and the techno-sleek with soul. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson Is Obsessed With Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Soon You Will Be Too," 12 Nov. 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


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

: technical : technological

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