a person who escorts people to seats in a theater, church, etc.
a person acting as an official doorkeeper, as in a courtroom or legislative chamber.
a male attendant of a bridegroom at a wedding.
an officer whose business it is to introduce strangers or to walk before a person of rank.
British Archaic. a subordinate teacher or an assistant in a school.
verb (used with object)
to act as an usher to; lead, introduce, or conduct: She ushered them to their seats.
to attend or bring at the coming or beginning; precede or herald (usually followed by in ): to usher in the new theater season.
verb (used without object)
to act as an usher: He ushered at the banquet.

1350–1400; Middle English uscher doorkeeper < Anglo-French usser, Old French (h)uissier doorman, officer of justice < Vulgar Latin *ustiārius, equivalent to Latin ōsti(um) door + -ārius -ary; see -er2

ushership, noun
underusher, noun
unushered, adjective Unabridged


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usher (ˈʌʃə)
1.  an official who shows people to their seats, as in a church or theatre
2.  a person who acts as doorkeeper, esp in a court of law
3.  (in England) a minor official charged with maintaining order in a court of law
4.  an officer responsible for preceding persons of rank in a procession or introducing strangers at formal functions
5.  obsolete (Brit) a teacher
6.  to conduct or escort, esp in a courteous or obsequious way
7.  (usually foll by in) to be a precursor or herald (of)
[C14: from Old French huissier doorkeeper, from Vulgar Latin ustiārius (unattested), from Latin ostium door]

Usher (ˈʌʃə)
a variant spelling of (James) Ussher

Ussher or Usher (ˈʌʃə)
James. 1581--1656, Irish prelate and scholar. His system of biblical chronology, which dated the creation at 4004 bc, was for long accepted
Usher or Usher

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Word Origin & History

c.1380, "servant who has charge of doors and admits people to a chamber, hall, etc.," from Anglo-Fr. usser (12c.), from O.Fr. ussier, from V.L. ustiarius "doorkeeper," from L. ostiarius "door-keeper," from ostium "door, entrance," related to os "mouth." Fem. form usherette is attested from 1925. The
verb meaning "conduct, escort" is from 1594.
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Example sentences for Usher
In some congregations, small straws of honey are given out to usher in the new year.
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