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

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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
Instead, you'll be greeted and ushered right to your door so your vacation can
  begin immediately.
Great idea that should be ushered in quickly and then work out the kinks.
And then, before you found a bathroom to wring out in, the department head
  spotted you and ushered you into the interview.
He ushered me into his office, shut the door, asked if he could be blunt.
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