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

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

Couples have asked the 501st for R2-D2 as ring bearer, and to supply stormtroopers to serve as ushers, or pretend to force the groom down the aisle, said Albin Johnson, the organization’s founder. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Darth Vader, Your Presence Is Required at Our Star Wars Wedding," 1 Aug. 2018 When Captain Dyer married Kline in 2010, Harry was reportedly an usher at their wedding, and their son Jasper George served as a page boy in the royal wedding. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Will Serve as Godparents to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby?," 21 Jan. 2019 Their statement described her as a girl who loved basketball, spending time with her friends and serving as a junior usher at church. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutor: Charges not certain in 5th grader’s fight death," 29 Mar. 2019 While Harry performed his duties as an usher, the birthday girl was snapped smiling outside of the chapel chatting with other wedding guests. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Meghan Markle reportedly 'politely' turns down Emmy Award invitation," 7 Aug. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For years, Jaeger and Darryl Berger, another local developer, had sought to usher a $1.5 billion entertainment district into reality, with retail, housing and nightlife nestled between the Pontchartrain Expressway and the old power plant. Jennifer Larino,, "Market Street power plant has sat vacant for decades. Now there’s a renewed push to develop it.," 11 June 2019 This easy all-in-one destination has exploded in popularity over the past decade, with shiny new cruise-liners ushering vacationers down the Yangtze River and off to ports in countries like Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Forget the Bahamas. China's Cruises Are Where It's At," 10 June 2019 May said, adding that her main focus will continue to be ushering the UK through Brexit. Jen Kirby, Vox, "British Prime Minister Theresa May survives no-confidence vote," 12 Dec. 2018 Kenya Airways takes care of everything else, down to the guide, driver, park fees and airport assistance to usher travelers through security and immigration queues. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kenya Airways Will Give You a Free Safari (Seriously)," 13 July 2018 Maeve made a triumphant escape, and survived long enough to usher her daughter to safety in a kind of robot paradise coded by Ford. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018 The Los Angeles Football Club gave coach Bob Bradley the keys to his new home Wednesday, during an opening ceremony for the team's $350-million stadium and ushering the players in for their first practice. Kevin Baxter,, "LAFC's new home proves well worth waiting for," 19 Apr. 2018 Data privacy is at the root of the legal case that ushered these documents into the spotlight. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018 At its Life Enhancement Center, guests turn individual goals into a group effort and enjoy morning walks and connections with their natural surroundings while therapists usher forth transformations along with nutritional and fitness guidance. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "World-class Tucson spas more than skin-deep experiences," 31 May 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 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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