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usher

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noun ush·er \ˈə-shər\

Definition of usher

  1. 1 a :  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. 2 archaic :  an assistant teacher

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 13th century


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usher

verb ush·er

Definition of usher

ushered

ushering

play \ˈə-sh(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to conduct to a place

  3. 2 :  to precede as an usher, forerunner, or harbinger

  4. 3 :  to cause to enter :  introduce <a new theory ushered into the world>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to serve as an usher <usher at a wedding>

Examples of usher in a sentence

  1. He ushered them to their seats.

  2. A nurse ushered us into the hospital room.

1588

First Known Use of usher

1588


USHER Defined for English Language Learners

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usher

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noun ush·er \ˈə-shər\

Definition of usher for English Language Learners

  • : a person who leads people to their seats in a theater, at a wedding, etc.


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usher

verb ush·er

Definition of usher for English Language Learners

  • : to lead (someone) to a place


USHER Defined for Kids

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usher

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noun ush·er \ˈə-shər\

Definition of usher for Students

  1. :  a person who shows people to seats (as in a theater, at a game, or at a wedding)


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usher

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verb ush·er

Definition of usher for Students

ushered

ushering

  1. 1 :  to show or be shown to a place <He was ushered into the nurse's office.>

  2. 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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