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


combining form

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 Few songs speak more deliberately to the generation responsible for birthing rap, house, techno and synth pop. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 For the festival, the partnership is aimed at pulling Cannes forward into the 21st century, lending it a sheen of techno-hipness and ideally attracting younger film fans. Todd Spangler, Variety, 11 May 2022 The Nortec Collective won international recognition for its blend of techno and norteño music. Sandra Dibble, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2022 With influences ranging from techno, Patti Smith, Nietzsche and FKA Twigs, D’arcy’s work will transport you. Spin Staff, SPIN, 10 May 2022 It’s all techno, EDM, champagne, table service, and a 70-foot LED wall. Globe Staff,, 6 May 2022 Another film set to premiere at Tribeca this year is God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines, a long-in-the-works project about the origins of techno in Detroit. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2022 The relentless thump of techno, sounding like metal parts clanging inside an auto shop, pounding against your chest. Longreads, 6 Apr. 2022 Hard rock or techno wouldn't be a soothing choice for a doctor’s office, just as classical music wouldn’t inspire callers to join a gym. Frankie Adkins, Wired, 6 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of techno


1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for techno


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

Combining form

from technology

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19 May 2022

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“Techno.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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