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  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)
  1. to act as an usher to; lead, introduce, or conduct: She ushered them to their seats.
  2. 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)
  1. to act as an usher: He ushered at the banquet.

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. 2018

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  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. British obsolete a teacher
verb (tr)
  1. to conduct or escort, esp in a courteous or obsequious way
  2. (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


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



"conduct, escort," 1590s, from usher (n.). Related: Ushered; ushering.



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.

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