Definitions for: Usher


[n] someone employed to conduct others
[n] an official doorkeeper as in a courtroom or legislative chamber
[n] Irish prelate who deduced from the Bible that Creation occurred in the year 4004 BC (1581-1656)
[v] show (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums; "The usher showed us to our seats"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ush"er, n. [OE. ussher, uschere, OF. ussier, uisser,
oissier, hussier, huissier, fr. L. ostiarius a doorkeeper,
fr. ostium a door, entrance, fr. os mouth. See Oral, and
cf. Ostiary.]
1. An officer or servant who has the care of the door of a
court, hall, chamber, or the like; hence, an officer whose
business it is to introduce strangers, or to walk before a
person of rank. Also, one who escorts persons to seats in
a church, theater, etc. ``The ushers and the squires.''
--Chaucer.

These are the ushers of Marcius. --Shak.

Note: There are various officers of this kind attached to the
royal household in England, including the gentleman
usher of the black rod, who attends in the House of
Peers during the sessions of Parliament, and twelve or
more gentlemen ushers. See Black rod.

2. An under teacher, or assistant master, in a school.


Ush"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ushered; p. pr. & vb. n.
Ushering.]
To introduce or escort, as an usher, forerunner, or
harbinger; to forerun; -- sometimes followed by in or forth;
as, to usher in a stranger; to usher forth the guests; to
usher a visitor into the room.

The stars that usher evening rose. --Milton.

The Examiner was ushered into the world by a letter,
setting forth the great genius of the author.
--Addison.

Synonyms: doorkeeper, guide, James Usher, James Ussher, show, Ussher

See Also: archpriest, conduct, direct, escort, functionary, guide, hierarch, high priest, lead, marshal, official, prelate, primate, take, usherette

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