- The definition of an usher is a person who shows people where to sit, especially at a theatre or when attending a wedding.
An example of an usher is a person who is friends with the groom who directs people where to sit as they enter the church for a wedding.
- To usher is to show people where they are supposed to sit or to introduce inspiring change or the creation of something new.
- An example of usher is to lead a person to his seat in a theater.
- An example of usher is when a peace treaty is signed that leads to a new era of peace.
- an official doorkeeper
- a person whose duty it is to show people to their seats in a theater, church, etc.
- a person whose official duty is to precede someone of rank, as in a procession, or to introduce unacquainted persons at a formal function
- any of the groom's attendants at a wedding whose duties include showing guests to their seats and escorting the bridesmaids
- Obs. in Great Britain, an assistant teacher in a boys' school
Origin of usherMiddle English ussher from Old French uissier from Classical Latin ostiarius, doorkeeper: see ostiary
- to act as an usher to; escort or conduct (others) to seats, etc.
- to precede, or be a forerunner of: often with in
- One who is employed to escort people to their seats, as in a theater, church, or stadium.
- A man who attends a bridal party at a wedding.
- One who serves as official doorkeeper, as in a courtroom or legislative chamber.
- An official whose duty is to make introductions between unacquainted persons or to precede persons of rank in a procession.
- Archaic An assistant teacher in a school.
verbush·ered, ush·er·ing, ush·ers
- To serve as an usher to; escort.
- To lead or conduct: The host ushered us into the living room. See Synonyms at guide.
- To precede and introduce; inaugurate: a celebration to usher in the new century.
Origin of usherMiddle English doorkeeper from Anglo-Norman usser from Vulgar Latin ūstiārius from Latin ōstiārius from ōstium door ; see ōs- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ushers, present participle ushering, simple past and past participle ushered)