[ uhsh-er ]
/ ˈʌʃ ər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. uses,
  2. usha,
  3. ushabti,
  4. ushant,
  5. ushas,
  6. usher's syndrome,
  7. usher, james,
  8. usherette,
  9. ushki,
  10. ushuaia

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

Related formsush·er·ship, nounun·der·ush·er, nounun·ush·ered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ushered


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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


/ (ˈʌʃə) /


a variant spelling of (James) Ussher
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Word Origin and History for ushered
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