ush·​er | \ ˈə-shər How to pronounce usher (audio) \

Definition of usher

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an officer or servant who has the care of the door of a court, hall, or chamber
b : an officer who walks before a person of rank
c : one who escorts persons to their seats (as in a theater)
2 archaic : an assistant teacher


ushered; ushering\ ˈə-​sh(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce ushering (audio) \

Definition of usher (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to conduct to a place
2 : to precede as an usher, forerunner, or harbinger
3 : to cause to enter : introduce a new theory ushered into the world

intransitive verb

: to serve as an usher usher at a wedding

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Synonyms & Antonyms for usher

Synonyms: Verb

conduct, direct, guide, lead, marshal (also marshall), pilot, route, show, steer

Antonyms: Verb

follow, trail

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Examples of usher in a Sentence


He ushered them to their seats. A nurse ushered us into the hospital room.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While Harry performed his duties as an usher, the birthday girl was snapped smiling outside of the chapel chatting with other wedding guests. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Meghan Markle reportedly 'politely' turns down Emmy Award invitation," 7 Aug. 2018 Prince William was an usher at Laura and James’ wedding. Cady Lang, Time, "Here's Who Prince Louis' Godparents Are — And No, It's Not Meghan and Harry," 9 July 2018 Attendees are to enter Gate 4 and use the southwest entrance near Hall C. Admissions is hiring ticket sellers, ticket takers and ushers. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get a job with the Wisconsin State Fair, get a deal at a rumage and party like a librarian," 28 May 2018 When the hold's over, the usher will take you to your seat. Grant Segall,, "Indians reliever Andrew Miller loves town, wants to stay: My Cleveland (photos)," 25 Mar. 2018 During broadcasts, a steady stream of spectators sidestep the solicitous ushers and climb the stairs to where Weir, Lipinski and their other broadcasting partner, Terry Gannon, are perched and surreptitiously snap their photographs. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "What’s Inside Johnny Weir’s Hotel Room at the Olympics," 16 Feb. 2018 Candidates will be interviewed at the Wisconsin Center convention hall for positions including ushers, ticket takers, security and guest services. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Wisconsin nice' encouraged to apply for jobs at Bucks' new arena," 8 June 2018 The saga around Moore’s case prompted difficult conversations with her husband, a white usher, and other friends who are active there. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "Prominent progressive D.C. church, accused of racism, tries to move on," 10 July 2018 As graduation season ushers forth future leaders, a spiritual ceremony honored two new family doctors trained in Seattle. Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Indian Health Board’s residency program celebrates its graduates," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The House sergeant-at-arms will usher him into the ornate U.S. House chamber, where members of Congress are known to clog the entrance to the aisle seeking a presidential handshake. Tamar Hallerman, The Seattle Times, "‘Terrified’ Stacey Abrams prepares to counterpunch Trump’s State of Union," 5 Feb. 2019 The first weekend of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival ushered some of Hollywood’s top talent to a small strip of Main Street in Park City, Utah, as well as a smattering of nearby theaters, luxury hotels, and venues. David Graver, Vogue, "Weekend One at Sundance: All the Celebrities Who Celebrated the Festival’s Daring Roster," 29 Jan. 2019 After riding up 27 floors to the top of the building, more men in suits ushered our group into a long, formal meeting room. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 2018 And how cool is this—in September, a gondola will usher people up to the park from the street below (word is the 10 access points from the transit center are more convenient, but still...). Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "San Francisco's New Transit Center Is Now Open After Two Decades," 23 Aug. 2018 In a way, our new porch ushered us into life down here in the South. Anne Roderique-jones, Town & Country, "Porching Isn't Just a Southern Tradition—It's a Way of Life," 15 Aug. 2018 Multiple sclerosis has ushered me into a new environment entirely, where the strange science of the brain intrudes into everyday life in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Inward Empire," 27 June 2018 Parham: That’s fair, Brendan—a subtler, quieter, more relatable Star Wars could rightfully usher the franchise into a more deserving phase. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "We Really Need to Talk About That Solo: A Star Wars Story Twist," 28 May 2018 Especially funny is Beverly Rudd, and especially musical is singer/boyfriend/usher Jos Slovick. Toby Zinman,, "Delightful update of Noel Coward's 'Brief Encounter' at Empire Cinema in London," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of usher


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for usher


Middle English ussher, from Anglo-French ussier, usscher, from Vulgar Latin *ustiarius doorkeeper, from Latin ostium, ustium door, mouth of a river — more at ostium

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English Language Learners Definition of usher

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who leads people to their seats in a theater, at a wedding, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of usher (Entry 2 of 2)

: to lead (someone) to a place


ush·​er | \ ˈə-shər How to pronounce usher (audio) \

Kids Definition of usher

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who shows people to seats (as in a theater, at a game, or at a wedding)


ushered; ushering

Kids Definition of usher (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to show or be shown to a place He was ushered into the nurse's office.
2 : to come before as if to lead in or announce We had a party to usher in the new year.

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