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 Thirty minutes into the service, church ushers were still escorting people into pews brimming with others who came to pay their last respects. John Tufts, USA TODAY, "‘A beautiful soul’: Mourners gather to remember 15-year-old victim of Texas shooting," 3 Sep. 2019 The movie version of Brittany ushers at an off-Broadway theater by night and often drinks too much later that same night. Michael Phillips,, "‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ review: Jillian Bell excels as a trainwreck who gets back on the rails," 26 Aug. 2019 The actor is going through those feelings, too, after losing his job as a movie usher. Hal Boedeker,, "‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ showcases Florida actor, sends message of hope," 21 Aug. 2019 As the congregants at Beth Hillel-Beth El filed through an exit at the front of the sanctuary, opposite the doors, ushers locked the main entrance and triggered a silent alarm to the police. Ben Sales,, "Synagogues are now conducting active shooter drills during services," 1 July 2019 Andrade’s relatives described the victim as a devoted father and a loving family member who served as an usher at his church. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Fatal fight over door ding: Attacker weeps at sentencing in front of angry family," 29 Aug. 2019 According to information posted online by the MSO, tickets issued for the Saenger will be valid for equivalent rows and seats at the Civic Center Theater, and extra ushers will be on hand to assist patrons more familiar with the Saenger. al, "Mold cleanup at Mobile Saenger forces symphony move," 16 Sep. 2019 Alvin Lewis, a 67-year-old usher at 16th Street Baptist, said the welcome doesn't necessarily translate to votes. CBS News, "Joe Biden says white people can "never fully understand" racism," 16 Sep. 2019 Next to me was the other usher, a brother of the bride. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Four boys at a driving range, swinging as hard as they can. What could possibly go wrong?," 18 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With his mother and young sister seated atop a table, his father ushered him and his other siblings into another room to safety from the rising waters. Crystal A. Degregory, Time, "Here in the Bahamas, Every Generation Has Its Storm Stories. The Tale of Hurricane Dorian Is Still Being Written," 4 Sep. 2019 On his second day as commander-in-chief of the most powerful military in world history, Bernie and his foreign policy team are ushered into the White House Situation Room. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention," 4 Sep. 2019 The Clippers ushered her into Memorial Sports Arena early the next morning, affirming her bowls and unicycle wouldn’t’t damage the hardwood. Jake Fischer,, "How Red Panda Became the NBA's Favorite Halftime Performer," 28 Aug. 2019 San Francisco police officers and security officers ushered the activists out of the ballroom. Lauren Hernández,, "Activists interrupt Pelosi award ceremony in San Francisco, demand she take action to impeach Trump," 21 Aug. 2019 An entourage that included a military general, a village official and two veterans’ affairs officials ushered us from house to house. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "What ‘Victory’ Looks Like: A Journey Through Shattered Syria," 20 Aug. 2019 Pedro ushered her and Eduardo into the bedroom and had them kneel together in a circle. Author: Jenny Jarvie, Anchorage Daily News, "Mississippi raids split families and leave children adrift: ‘I just want my mom and dad’," 11 Aug. 2019 And with that, Windows ushers you back to the Microsoft account sign-in page. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "How Microsoft made it harder to create Windows 10 local accounts," 22 July 2019 Finally, airline agents ushered us onto buses for a late-night ride through a part of Hainan that I had not known existed. Chia-chia Lin, The New Yorker, "A novelist’s stint impersonating the ultra-rich in China.," 16 July 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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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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