from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is employed to escort people to their seats, as in a theater, church, or stadium.
- n. A man who attends a bridal party at a wedding.
- n. One who serves as official doorkeeper, as in a courtroom or legislative chamber.
- n. An official whose duty is to make introductions between unacquainted persons or to precede persons of rank in a procession.
- n. Archaic An assistant teacher in a school.
- transitive v. To serve as an usher to; escort.
- transitive v. To lead or conduct. See Synonyms at guide.
- transitive v. To precede and introduce; inaugurate: a celebration to usher in the new century.
- intransitive v. To serve as an usher: ushered every Sunday at church.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person, in a church, cinema etc., who escorts people to their seats.
- n. A male escort at a wedding.
- n. A doorkeeper in a courtroom.
- v. To guide people to their seats.
- v. To accompany or escort (someone).
- v. To precede; to act as a forerunner or herald.
- v. to lead or guide somewhere
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. An under teacher, or assistant master, in a school.
- transitive v. To introduce or escort, as an usher, forerunner, or harbinger; to forerun; -- sometimes followed by in or forth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer or servant who has the care of the door of a court, hall, chamber, or the like; a doorkeeper; hence, one who meets people at the door of a public hall, church, or theater, and escorts them to seats; also, an officer whose business it is to introduce strangers or to walk before a person of rank.
- n. An under-teacher, or assistant to a school-master or principal teacher.
- n. One of certain British geometrid moths. Hybernia leucophearia is the spring usher.
- To act as an usher to; attend on in the manner of an usher; introduce as forerunner or harbinger; forerun; precede; announce: generally followed by in, forth, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums
- n. an official stationed at the entrance of a courtroom or legislative chamber
- n. Irish prelate who deduced from the Bible that Creation occurred in the year 4004 BC (1581-1656)
- n. someone employed to conduct others
Middle English, doorkeeper, from Anglo-Norman usser, from Vulgar Latin *ūstiārius, from Latin ōstiārius, from ōstium, door; see ōs- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French (h)uissier, from Vulgar Latin *ustiārius ("doorkeeper"), from Latin ōstiārius, from ostium ("door"). Akin to ōs ("mouth"). (Wiktionary)