Definition of Usonian in English:



  • 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’
      • ‘Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses are of a scale that you can live in.’
      • ‘Although Wright later designed several Usonian buildings in Ohio, the Westcott House in Springfield is his only prairie-style house in the state.’
      • ‘This wasn't one of Wright's major buildings, but in the context of surviving Usonian homes it's very important.’
      • ‘Once the most stately and formal room in the house, the dining room passed out of existence in the Usonian house.’
      • ‘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.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of the United States.

    ‘we love life, we Usonians’
    • ‘She is one of the second generation Usonians who moved back with her own family eight years ago.’
    • ‘It affirms the insecurity of Usonians in their own culture, and their abiding faith that Frenchifying something gives it class.’
    • ‘Well, as a Usonian, I don't recognize 0 as an age.’
    • ‘Forty per cent of Usonians speak Spanish as a native language, not to mention the many who speak it as a second language.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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..