- 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