Definition of Usonian in English:

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Pronunciation: /yo͞oˈsōnēən/


1Relating to the United States: the Usonian city
More example sentences
  • Only in freedom can we build the Usonian city.
1.1Relating to or denoting the style of buildings designed in the 1930s by Frank Lloyd Wright, characterized by inexpensive construction and flat roofs.
Example sentences
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses are of a scale that you can live in.
  • This descendant of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses became ubiquitous across the post World War II landscape, and architects adore its open, one-story plan.
  • Although Wright later designed several Usonian buildings in Ohio, the Westcott House in Springfield is his only prairie-style house in the state.


1A native or inhabitant of the United States.
Example sentences
  • She is one of the second generation Usonians who moved back with her own family eight years ago.
  • Forty per cent of Usonians speak Spanish as a native language, not to mention the many who speak it as a second language.
  • Well, as a Usonian, I don't recognize 0 as an age.
1.1A house built in the 1930s by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Example sentences
  • The Penfield House was built in 1955 for $25,000 and is one of Wright's ‘Usonians.’
  • In contrast to other common styles of the time, Wright's Usonians were easily recognizable.
  • When referring to low cost Usonians you really have to focus on the late 1930s. Labor was cheap then and elaborate craftsmanship easily affordable.


Early 20th century: an acronym from United States + -onian after Amazonian, Devonian, etc..

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Syllabification: U·so·ni·an

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