n. — a local or community school on North American prairies
— coined by Frank Lloyd Wright: the group of architects and artists who developed a stylistic identity based on North American prairies:
We of the Middle West are living on the prairie. The prairie has a beauty of its own and we should recognize and accentuate this natural beauty, its quiet level. Hence, gently sloping roofs, low proportions, quiet sky lines, suppressed heavy-set chimneys and sheltering overhangs, low terraces and out-reaching walls sequestering private gardens.
—Frank Lloyd Wright
fm. prairie + school, with prairie from the Latin prataria, of the nature of a meadow
first published. 1851