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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meanwhile, Democrats distrust the president and dearly hope to usher him out of office as soon as possible. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump’s free ride from Congress just ended," 7 Nov. 2018 Once the girl arrived, Pelc snuck her through a side door and ushered her to the shower upstairs, where the assault occurred, White said. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Former Clay County EMT sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex acts with teen | The Kansas City Star," 17 Apr. 2018 Corcoran, a Land O’Lakes Republican who helped usher the bill through the Legislature, had considered running for governor but ultimately opted to stay out of the race. Gray Rohrer,, "NRA candidate questions provide test of new gun politics," 7 June 2018 The two Swedish royals are acting as both tour guides and hosts, showing their British counterparts around the Stockholm streets, ushering them to and from appointments, dining by their side at a black tie gala, and hosting a private tea. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Deeper Meaning Behind Sweden’s Princess Victoria Hosting Prince William and Kate Middleton," 31 Jan. 2018 The actress also believes Batwoman is ushering her into a new phase of her life, too. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Ruby Rose Just Teared Up Talking About Her Batwoman Casting," 9 Aug. 2018 Parents oohed and aahed as Jody Worth, the upper school director, ushered them through the campus. Emmanuel Felton, NBC News, "'It's like a black and white thing': How some elite charter schools exclude minorities," 17 June 2018 During his nearly 11 years at the helm of the state’s largest insurer, Burrell has rebuilt trust in the company, significantly modernized its operations and ushered it through adoption of the Affordable Care Act. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Retiring CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell discusses the future of health care and insurance," 15 June 2018 The Portland Trail Blazers' feel-good season ended in depressing fashion Saturday afternoon at Smoothie King center, where a stunning sweep ushered them out of the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. Joe Freeman,, "New Orleans Pelicans sweep Portland Trail Blazers with 131-123 Game 4 win: Rapid Reaction," 21 Apr. 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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