Origin of techno

First recorded in 1985–90


  1. a combining form borrowed from Greek where it meant “art,” “skill,” used in the formation of compound words with the meaning “technique,” “technology,” etc.: technography.

Origin of techno-

combining form representing Greek téchnē art, skill. See technic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for techno


  1. a type of very fast dance music, using electronic sounds and fast heavy beats


combining form
  1. craft or arttechnology; technography
  2. technological or technicaltechnocracy
  3. relating to or using technologytechnophobia

Word Origin for techno-

from Greek tekhnē skill
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Word Origin and History for techno


word-forming element, from Greek tekhno-, combining form of tekhne "art, skill, craft, method, system," probably from PIE root *tek- "shape, make" (cf. Sanskrit taksan "carpenter," Latin texere "to weave;" see texture).

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