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tech·​no ˈtek-nō How to pronounce techno (audio)
often attributive
: electronic dance music that features a fast beat and synthesized sounds usually without vocals or a conventional popular song structure


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combining form

: technical : technological

Examples of techno in a Sentence

Noun The club plays only techno.
Recent Examples on the Web
Born on the east side, John FM brings his vibrant vocal talents to house and techno tracks with a distinctiveness that brings the music into pop and R&B’s emotional terrain. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 27 June 2023 Eber, a young techno dancer, finds his battlefield on the dance floor and discovers his true destiny: to become the new God of Lightning. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 8 Aug. 2023 DJs who would eventually crossover from Trade to mainstream success, like Tony De Vit and Fat Tony, spun only the freshest, edgiest music: hardass techno on the main floor (De Vit’s domain), and a funkier house sound in the Trade Lite room. Cliff Joannou, Rolling Stone, 27 July 2023 From this humble setting, the pair began releasing house records largely by Mark, who was then also fusing house and techno into a new sound. Katie Bain, Billboard, 26 July 2023 Bringing an almost disrespectfully irreverent ethos to a techno scene that has long needed it, Victoria Vassiliki Daldas and Theo Zeitner are ridiculously cool, to the point of being slightly intimidating. Sam Davies, Rolling Stone, 24 July 2023 Damian Lazarus is among the most renowned names within the contemporary house and techno scene. Lisa Kocay, Forbes, 17 July 2023 The former is a heartbreak corrido song and the latter is a flirtatious techno dance track. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 3 July 2023 Altman is just the latest in a long line of techno visionaries whose disruptive invention has captivated the world. Bykylie Robison, Fortune, 23 June 2023 See More

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Word History



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

Combining form

from technology

First Known Use


1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of techno was in 1987

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“Techno.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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