ush·er | \ ˈə-shər \

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 \

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

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 She was met by three people on a boat, who happened to be an usher for FACE and her husband and son. Lindsay Peyton, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress Creek arts group continues its mission after Harvey," 6 June 2018 Prince William and Kate both attended the nuptials, with Will serving as an usher. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is Prince Louis's Godfather, Nicholas van Cutsem?," 9 July 2018 As a boy, Donald worked as an usher at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Donald Brinckman Found a Grubby Business and Turned It Into a Wall Street Darling," 30 June 2018 Phil Coyne was recently honored by the Pittsburgh Pirates for his long career as an usher, which started in 1936. Abbey Mastracco, USA TODAY, "Mets' Todd Frazier fed up with umpires, calls for 'accountability'," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

They were ushered out of the courthouse under heavy police protection. Steve Helling,, "How Casey Anthony Was Acquitted: The Jurors Explain Their Controversial Verdict," 5 July 2018 Once clerks scan the tickets, players are ushered into the equipment room where black backpacks and helmets dangle along the walls. Scott Craven, USA TODAY, "The Void at Disneyland: Star Wars VR lets you be a kid again and a laser-shooting Rebel spy," 22 May 2018 Once clerks scan the tickets, players are ushered into the equipment room where black backpacks and helmets dangle along the walls. Scott Craven, azcentral, "The Void at Disneyland: Star Wars VR lets you be a laser-shooting Rebel spy," 22 May 2018 In 2012, 90% of men who had their diagnosis confirmed with a biopsy were quickly ushered into surgery or treated with radiation, despite growing evidence that many of these cancers would never become dangerous. Melissa Healy,, "Experts have new advice on prostate cancer screening. Here's why they put it back on the table," 8 May 2018 Visitors are ushered away from nearby the city’s historic Tiananmen Square, and also from around Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, which has been frequented by North Korean officials. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "Here's What a Kim Jong Un Visit to Beijing Would Mean for the U.S.," 27 Mar. 2018 When this ad hoc approach failed to yield satisfying results, Bannon and his crew were ushered out, and the nature of how the White House functioned changed. Joshua Green,, "Cohn Is Out, and the Verdict Is In: The Nationalists Are Back," 8 Mar. 2018 While this wedding has been a traditional, grand, royal affair, in many ways, Harry and Meghan are breaking the mold and ushering the royal family into a new modern era. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "The History of The Royal Balcony Kiss," 18 May 2018 The reported retiring of the Block 4 makes way for the Block 5 model (introduced in May), which will usher SpaceX into an even more powerful and reusable rocket era. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Here's How to Watch the Last Launch of SpaceX's Block 4 Falcon 9," 29 June 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 \

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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