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 usher (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

Antonyms: Verb

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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: Noun House music pioneer Vince Lawrence, who was working that night as a teenage usher, remembers seeing a disproportionate number of Black artists in the album pile. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "In HBO’s magnificent Bee Gees documentary, broken hearts — and icon status — can finally be mended," 10 Dec. 2020 An usher at a preview performance had tested positive for the virus, and Broadway was gripped by uncertainty. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "‘Six’ Tries to Get Back Onstage. Again, and Again, and Again.," 9 Dec. 2020 The current chief usher is Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington before Melania Trump tapped him for the White House job in 2017. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "'Organized chaos': Inauguration Day move into the White House for Bidens complicated by COVID," 8 Dec. 2020 The administrators have in the past received surprise gifts — Ms. Maguire talks of the occasional unexpected bequest, for example, and Ms. Boyd still remembers another usher who gave her a $50,000 check — but not of this size. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Yes, We Liked the Berkshires Shows. Here’s $2 Million.," 29 Oct. 2020 This solved the problem of finding a seat to watch the game and risking getting kicked out by an usher. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Memorabilia memories: Scripps Ranch man has unique souvenir from 1979 World Series," 24 Oct. 2020 That brings the total number in that household outbreak to four people, including three members of the housekeeping staff who work on the third floor of the residence, as well as an assistant to the chief usher. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 9-15," 23 Oct. 2020 At the end of a show, patrons will remain seated until an usher dismisses them; that will avoid clogging the walkways. Matthew J. Palm,, "Dr. Phillips Center reopens with COVID-19 safety measures: What you need to know," 21 Oct. 2020 The chief usher is especially strict about making sure that no one discusses any family’s private life. Smithsonian Magazine, "Welcome to the White House," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their work helped usher Ronald Reagan into the White House and gave birth to today’s religious right. Matthew Avery Sutton, The New Republic, "The Capitol Riot Revealed the Darkest Nightmares of White Evangelical America," 14 Jan. 2021 Superintendent Lora De La Cruz last week announced the district would usher kindergartners back into classrooms Feb. 4 with students in upper elementary grades to follow on a staggered schedule through the rest of the month. oregonlive, "Lake Oswego teachers call district’s reopening timeline ‘callous and dangerous’," 12 Jan. 2021 The facility’s staff would usher her parents into an empty room on the ground floor of the building. NBC News, "The lost year: How Covid-19 left many Americans 'stuck in time'," 29 Dec. 2020 For the past 20 years, the presentation of the Heisman Trophy has been routine: gather the past winners together in a New York City theater in mid-December, then usher the nation’s top quarterback into the club. Mike Rodak |, al, "Heisman-winning QB believes DeVonta Smith could win 2020 award," 28 Dec. 2020 As science adviser of Operation Warp Speed, the veteran pharmaceutical executive helped usher a coronavirus vaccine to the US market in record time. USA Today, "Deliver a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine in less than a year? Impossible. Meet Moncef Slaoui.," 1 Dec. 2020 Tesla also isn’t the only manufacturer looking to usher police into the clean energy future. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Welcome to the New Era of Cops Driving Teslas," 3 Dec. 2020 On Royal Street in the Ninth Ward, Benny Naghi and his staff used flashlights to usher customers through his store, Mardi Gras Zone. New York Times, "Zeta Knocks Out Power to 2 Million," 29 Oct. 2020 Her victory could usher more Black women and people of color into politics. The Associated Press,, "Kamala Harris becomes first woman elected US vice president," 7 Nov. 2020

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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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22 Dec 2020

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“Usher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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