usher

[ uhsh-er ]
/ ˈʌʃ ər /

noun

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.

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Origin of usher

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

OTHER WORDS FROM usher

ush·er·ship, nounun·der·ush·er, nounun·ush·ered, adjective

Definition for usher (2 of 2)

Usher
[ uhsh-er ]
/ ˈʌʃ ər /

noun

James. Ussher, James.
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British Dictionary definitions for usher (1 of 2)

usher
/ (ˈʌʃə) /

noun

verb (tr)

to conduct or escort, esp in a courteous or obsequious way
(usually foll by in) to be a precursor or herald (of)

Word Origin for usher

C14: from Old French huissier doorkeeper, from Vulgar Latin ustiārius (unattested), from Latin ostium door

British Dictionary definitions for usher (2 of 2)

Usher
/ (ˈʌʃə) /

noun

a variant spelling of (James) Ussher
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