Definition of Usonian in English:

Usonian

adjective

  • 1Relating to the United States.

    ‘the Usonian city’
    • ‘Only in freedom can we build the Usonian city.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting the style of buildings designed in the 1930s by Frank Lloyd Wright, characterized by inexpensive construction and flat roofs.
      ‘the Usonian houses of the depression years’
      • ‘Although Wright later designed several Usonian buildings in Ohio, the Westcott House in Springfield is his only prairie-style house in the state.’
      • ‘Once the most stately and formal room in the house, the dining room passed out of existence in the Usonian house.’
      • ‘This wasn't one of Wright's major buildings, but in the context of surviving Usonian homes it's very important.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses are of a scale that you can live in.’

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of the United States.

    ‘we love life, we Usonians’
    • ‘Well, as a Usonian, I don't recognize 0 as an age.’
    • ‘It affirms the insecurity of Usonians in their own culture, and their abiding faith that Frenchifying something gives it class.’
    • ‘Forty per cent of Usonians speak Spanish as a native language, not to mention the many who speak it as a second language.’
    • ‘She is one of the second generation Usonians who moved back with her own family eight years ago.’
    • ‘I'm thinking right now a half magnum of rye - that's whiskey to you Usonians - might help get the job done.’
    1. 1.1 A house built in the 1930s by Frank Lloyd Wright.
      ‘the supplement illustrates several Usonians never before published’
      • ‘When referring to low cost Usonians you really have to focus on the late 1930s. Labor was cheap then and elaborate craftsmanship easily affordable.’
      • ‘The Penfield House was built in 1955 for $25,000 and is one of Wright's ‘Usonians.’’
      • ‘This website on Wright's first Usonian House, the Jacobs House of 1936 (built for $5500, including architect's fee), offers a good idea of the principles on which all Usonians were based.’
      • ‘In contrast to other common styles of the time, Wright's Usonians were easily recognizable.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Usonian

/juːˈsəʊnɪən/