j. usher

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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

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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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