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

The first three episodes of Charlie Brooker’s techno-satire have not lost their urgency. Darren Franich,, "Black Mirror season 5 stops worrying and learns to love technology: EW review," 5 June 2019 And when the door finally opened, the techno was all-encompassing, ricocheting off the concrete walls. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Prada Resort After-Party Was Pretty, Pink, and Thumping," 3 May 2019 The other is a Japanese techno artist with a penchant for the obscure. Annabel Ross, Billboard, "Ten Things That Proved Sónar Barcelona Is a Music Festival Unlike Any Other," 21 June 2018 But his general pessimism about the world that lay in wait in the 21st century now looks remarkably prescient, at least next to the Pollyannaish forecasts of techno-optimists, democracy promoters and globalization enthusiasts. Bret Stephens, New York Times, "Foreign Policy From the Dark Side," 28 Mar. 2018 According to NowThis News, the designer will present a techno-fabric mesh dress with more than 50 working iPhone 6s dangling from it, all broadcasting a model's-eye view of the proceedings. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Elie Tahari Ditches Sequins, Embellishes Dress with iPhone 6s," 9 Sep. 2014 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

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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