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usher

[uhsh-er] /ˈʌʃ ər/
noun
1.
a person who escorts people to seats in a theater, church, etc.
2.
a person acting as an official doorkeeper, as in a courtroom or legislative chamber.
3.
a male attendant of a bridegroom at a wedding.
4.
an officer whose business it is to introduce strangers or to walk before a person of rank.
5.
British Archaic. a subordinate teacher or an assistant in a school.
verb (used with object)
6.
to act as an usher to; lead, introduce, or conduct:
She ushered them to their seats.
7.
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)
8.
to act as an usher:
He ushered at the banquet.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Related forms
ushership, noun
underusher, noun
unushered, adjective
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  • Udo, a salmon specialist, ushers me to a bin displaying salmon.
  • The number of his ushers is in proportion to the size of the church and the number of guests invited.
  • Enter the church as quietly as possible, and as there are no ushers at a funeral, seat yourself where you approximately belong.
  • The end of the political fighting ushers in a boom in homicides.
  • The ushers brought him tea-horror of horrors they served it our way with a tea bag in the cup.
  • Glance around any ballpark these days, and you're likely to see a number of gray-haired ushers, ticket takers and gate attendants.
  • Her tale is well known to the congregants, but everyone listens respectfully as a warm breeze ushers in another hot summer.
  • Next week ushers in the fall season, and perhaps two of the craziest months in video games.
  • The sound of folk music sometimes ushers you to dance in the streets.
  • He said he was promised by ushers that he would be moved to the lower level of the stadium, also known as the plaza.
British Dictionary definitions for ushers

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 ushers

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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