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usher

noun ush·er \ ˈə-shər \

Definition of usher

1 a :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

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Origin and Etymology of 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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usher

verb

Definition of usher

ushered; ushering play \ˈə-sh(ə-)riŋ\
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

Examples of usher in a Sentence

  1. He ushered them to their seats.

  2. A nurse ushered us into the hospital room.

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First Known Use of usher

1588

usher Synonyms

Synonyms
conduct, direct, guide, marshal (also marshall), pilot, route, show, steer, lead
Antonyms
follow, trail
Related Words
precede; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see; control, manage
Near Antonyms
dog, hound, shadow, tail, tailgate

USHER Defined for English Language Learners

usher

noun

Definition of usher for English Language Learners

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


usher

verb

Definition of usher for English Language Learners

  • : to lead (someone) to a place


USHER Defined for Kids

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usher

noun ush·er \ ˈə-shər \

Definition of usher for Students

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

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usher

verb

Definition of usher for Students

ushered; ushering
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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