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 ushering (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 The ushers wore cat ears; so did many in the audience. New York Times, "Mission Impawsible: How Much ‘Cats’ Can a Person Take?," 21 Jan. 2020 Schneider, Goodrich and First Interstate development associate Tony Smith have offered to make some needed improvements to the lot in exchange for allowing residents or office workers to park there when the ushers aren’t using it. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Developer unveils plans for ’121 Larchmere’ apartment mid-rise, office space," 13 Jan. 2020 The usher also said people around Offutt began to move away from him during this time. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A man was fined for yelling during an Elm Grove church service," 13 Jan. 2020 If a woman is talking in a movie theater and the usher asks her to leave, that’s not sexist. Washington Post, "Sexism is a serious issue, not a cheap shot," 18 Nov. 2019 William was a devout member of Messiah Lutheran Church in South Windsor, and was the Financial Secretary for the church, as well as serving on other committees, and as an usher., "William B. Parsons," 17 Nov. 2019 After doors finally opened and an usher tore his ticket, Watson made a mad sprint to the front of the stage, another concert ritual of that era. Matt Wake |, al, "Close encounters of the Van Halen kind," 8 Jan. 2020 In Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood, Curious Theatre has a program that allows volunteer ushers to receive complimentary admittance to a show after completing two shifts during a single production. Mindy Sink, The Know, "Colorado restaurants, yoga studios and even theaters that offer pay-what-you-can experiences," 30 Dec. 2019 Some attendees were in tears afterward, and ushers passed out tissues. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "Family buries 9-year-old Dallas girl whose death inspires calls to 'stand up' against gun violence," 25 May 2010 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Student Kelsey Friend told ABC News that Beigel unlocked a classroom door during the gunfire and ushering students inside. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "Parkland shooting 2 years later: Remembering the 17 victims of the school massacre," 14 Feb. 2020 Tony Sayegh, a former top spokesman for Trump’s Treasury Department who had played a big role in ushering through the 2017 tax cuts, helped White House’s legislative affairs director Eric Ueland handhold Republicans on the Hill. Time, "How Trump Did It: Three Ways the President Landed His Acquittal," 6 Feb. 2020 Nevertheless, other MoD divisions continued the work of official UFO investigation in the U.K., ushering such efforts into the 21st century, The National Archives reported. Fox News, "British 'X-Files' of UFO sightings is going public," 5 Feb. 2020 But if an era really is coming to a close—analysts have been premature before—that ending means more than the ushering-off of a villain. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "What the Patriots’ Wild-Card Loss Really Means," 6 Jan. 2020 Consistent Garrett also ushered the organization through the tragic death of practice squad player Jerry Brown and the retirement of two franchise favorites, quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten (who returned this season). Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Cowboys announce Jason Garrett is officially out as head coach," 5 Jan. 2020 Tonight is New Year’s Eve, ushering out 2019 and welcoming 2020. Leada Gore |, al, "New Year’s Eve: Watch ball drop live in New York’s Time Square, livestream to ring in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 The man in the white vest pinwheeled his arms, ushering volunteers through the pick-up line outside the Salvation Army Community Center on Fourth Street with military precision. Lizzie Johnson,, "Warriors for the win: Salvation Army volunteers feed SF’s bed-bound on Christmas," 25 Dec. 2019 And there’s more, Nine songs in a breathless, whip-sawing, confetti-bombing magical history tour that had at least one of the normally staid Ordway ushers popping and locking at the curtain call. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Theater review: “SIX” is history and music served up with good humor and plenty of sass," 4 Dec. 2019

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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 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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