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

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 Jason Freier, the owner of the Chattanooga Lookouts Double-A baseball team in Tennessee, said the cancellation of the 2020 season forced him to bench roughly 300 seasonal and part-time employees who worked as ticket takers, groundskeepers and usher. Brody Mullins, WSJ, 16 Jan. 2022 Cleveland Harp, a longtime Pacers usher who played basketball for Crispus Attucks High School and the Harlem Globetrotters, died in November after a battle with cancer. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Jan. 2022 Four days later, a housekeeper and a White House usher spot bullet holes in the residence. CNN, 12 Dec. 2021 The 21-year-old, who works as a tour guide around the ballpark and as an usher during some games, attended Game 1 as a fan, but will be on the clock for Game 2. Matt Young, Chron, 16 Oct. 2021 The chief usher of the White House manages the residence and works closely with the first lady and her office. Kate Andersen Brower, CNN, 30 Nov. 2021 Incidents like using a cellphone or chatting during a performance seldom rise to the level of usher intervention because they’re usually quickly resolved by theatergoers. Christopher Arnott,, 22 Nov. 2021 Chloride channels are gatekeepers that sit in the cell membrane and usher chloride, an electrolyte, in and out of cells. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 11 Nov. 2021 Cleveland barnstormed with the Globetrotters and the other traveling teams for more than a decade before managing apartments and restaurants in Detroit and later Indianapolis, and finally becoming an usher at Market Square Arena in 1997. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On the Monday after the meeting, a group of fathers showed up before the 7:30 a.m. bell to usher students inside. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2021 Even her actions on refugees might have been prompted by an unwillingness to see German police officers usher women and children back across the Austrian border, remarks Mr. Reinecke, the parliamentary journalist. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Sep. 2021 Fans were initially urged to stay inside the stadium, with some players scrambling into the stands to help usher family members into their clubhouses., 18 July 2021 The comedian will usher a new era for CGT, which had its first and only season back in 2012, and then had a mini revival during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 29 Oct. 2021 The program Osler envisioned would usher young doctors into the art of healing, moving them from the lecture hall to the hospital, from observing a professor to treating a patient. Mark Johnson,, 22 Oct. 2021 The Big Tech companies working to build the metaverse understand this and are increasingly building out brick-and-mortar outlets to usher users into the emerging metaverse. Adario Strange, Quartz, 8 Nov. 2021 The program is modeled after the Obama-era Sunshot Initiative, which is credited with helping to usher solar power into the mainstream during the 2010s. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 The program is modeled after the Obama-era Sunshot Initiative, which is credited with helping to usher solar power into the mainstream during the 2010s., 5 Nov. 2021

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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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“Usher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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