Definition of Usonian in English:


Syllabification: U·so·ni·an
Pronunciation: /yo͞oˈsōnēən


  • 1Of or relating to the United States: the Usonian city
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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  • 1A native or inhabitant of the United States.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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