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Usher

[uhsh-er] /ˈʌʃ ər/
noun
1.
James, Ussher, James.
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British Dictionary definitions for j usher

usher

/ˈʌʃə/
noun
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.
(Brit, obsolete) a teacher
verb (transitive)
6.
to conduct or escort, esp in a courteous or obsequious way
7.
(usually foll by in) to be a precursor or herald (of)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French huissier doorkeeper, from Vulgar Latin ustiārius (unattested), from Latin ostium door

Usher

/ˈʌʃə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of (James) Ussher
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Word Origin and History for j usher

usher

n.

late 14c., "servant who has charge of doors and admits people to a chamber, hall, etc.," from Anglo-French usser (12c.), from Old French ussier, from Vulgar Latin ustiarius "doorkeeper," from Latin ostiarius "door-keeper," from ostium "door, entrance," related to os "mouth." Fem. form usherette is attested from 1925.

v.

"conduct, escort," 1590s, from usher (n.). Related: Ushered; ushering.

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