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ush·​er ˈə-shər How to pronounce usher (audio)
: an officer or servant who has the care of the door of a court, hall, or chamber
: an officer who walks before a person of rank
: one who escorts persons to their seats (as in a theater)
archaic : an assistant teacher


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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to serve as an usher
usher at a wedding

Examples of usher in a Sentence

Verb He ushered them to their seats. A nurse ushered us into the hospital room.
Recent Examples on the Web
By the numbers: Roughly 2,000 employees are needed to work the stadium for these games, from food and beverage to retail and ushers who help people find their seats. Ashley Mahoney, Axios, 10 July 2024 When your 90 seconds is up, museum employees will knock on the door and usher you back into the foyer. Bailey Reed, The Courier-Journal, 10 July 2024
Laura Rink, associate director of operations for Heal the Bay Aquarium, greets me with a friendly smile and ushers me inside, past undersea murals and aquaria housing moon jellies, sharks, and moray eels. Jennifer Adler, Vox, 7 July 2024 The fourth was Clay Risen, the New York Times journalist who wrote about Nearest in 2016 and ushered the story into the 21st century. Fawn Weaver, TIME, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for usher 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of usher was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Usher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ush·​er ˈəsh-ər How to pronounce usher (audio)
: a person who leads other persons to seats (as in a theater or at a wedding)


2 of 2 verb
ushered; ushering ˈəsh-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce usher (audio)
: to lead to a place
: to cause to enter : introduce
usher in a new era

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