What does usher mean?

Definitions for usher
ˈʌʃ ərush·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ussher, James Ussher, Usher, James Ushernoun

    Irish prelate who deduced from the Bible that Creation occurred in the year 4004 BC (1581-1656)

  2. usher, doorkeepernoun

    an official stationed at the entrance of a courtroom or legislative chamber

  3. usher, guideverb

    someone employed to conduct others

  4. usher, showverb

    take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums

    "The usher showed us to our seats"


  1. ushernoun

    A person, in a church, cinema etc., who escorts people to their seats.

  2. ushernoun

    A male escort at a wedding.

  3. ushernoun

    A doorkeeper in a courtroom.

  4. usherverb

    To guide people to their seats.

  5. usherverb

    To accompany or escort (someone).

  6. usherverb

    To precede; to act as a forerunner or herald.

  7. usherverb

    to lead or guide somewhere

  8. Etymology: From huissier, from *, from ostiarius, from ostium. Akin to os.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. USHERnoun

    Etymology: huissier, Fr.

    The wife of Antony
    Should have an army for an usher, and
    The neighs of horse to tell her approach
    Long ere she did appear. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    You make guards and ushers march before, and then enters your prince. Tatlers, № 53.

    Gay paid his courtship with the croud,
    As far as modest pride allow’d;
    Rejects a servile usher’s place,
    And leaves St. James’s in disgrace. Jonathan Swift.

    Though grammar profits less than rhetorick’s,
    Yet ev’n in those his usher claims a share. Dryden.

  2. To Usherverb

    To introduce as a forerunner or harbinger; to forerun.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    No sun shall ever usher forth my honours,
    Or gild again the noble troops that waited
    Upon my smiles. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    The sun,
    Declin’d, was hasting now with prone career
    To th’ ocean isles, and in th’ ascending scale
    Of heav’n, the stars, that usher evening, rose. John Milton.

    As the deluge is represented a disruption of the abyss, so the future combustion of the earth is to be usher’d in, and accompanied with violent impressions upon nature, and the chief will be earthquakes. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    With songs and dance we celebrate the day,
    And with due honours usher in the May. Dryden.

    The Examiner was usher’d into the world by a letter, setting forth the great genius of the author. Addison.

    Oh name for ever sad! for ever dear!
    Still breath’d in sighs, still usher’d with a tear. Alexander Pope.


  1. usher

    An usher is a person who shows people where to sit, especially in a theater, cinema, or at a wedding. They may also be responsible for checking or selling tickets and maintaining order amongst attendees. In a church context, an usher has a similar role of guiding worshippers to their seats and managing the congregation during a service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ushernoun

    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

  2. Ushernoun

    an under teacher, or assistant master, in a school

  3. Usherverb

    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


  1. Usher

    Usher Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Usually known by his first name only, Usher rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, "Nice & Slow". The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the RIAA. His follow-up album, 8701, produced the Billboard Hot 100 number one hits "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad". The album has been certified 4-times platinum by the RIAA. Usher's 2004 album Confessions sold over 10 million copies in the United States, and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. Confessions has the highest first week sales for an R&B artist in history. It spawned four consecutive Billboard number-one hits—"Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo". Usher's 2008 album Here I Stand sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and its lead single "Love in This Club" peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. On March 30, 2010, Usher released his sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond, which became his third consecutive album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA, and spawned another Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit "OMG". The song became his ninth number one in the United States, making him the first 2010s artist to collect number one singles in three consecutive decades. He later released an extended play and deluxe edition of Raymond v. Raymond, entitled Versus, which debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. Its lead single "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Usher

    ush′ėr, n. one who meets people at the door of a hall, &c., and conducts them to seats, an officer whose business it is to introduce strangers or to walk before a person of rank: an under-teacher or assistant.—v.t. to introduce: to forerun.—ns. Ush′erance; Ush′erdom, Ush′ership.—adjs. Ushē′rian; Ush′erless. [O. Fr. ussier (Fr. huissier)—L. ostiarius, a door-keeper—ostium, a door.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. USHER

    One who takes a leading part in a theatre. VACCINATION Where "jabbing the needle" is never a vice.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Usher

    From the old French huisher, door, signifies a doorkeeper.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. USHER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Usher is ranked #4742 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Usher surname appeared 7,477 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Usher.

    66.5% or 4,974 total occurrences were White.
    27.5% or 2,060 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 228 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 144 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 42 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 29 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of usher in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of usher in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of usher in a Sentence

  1. Rabindranath Tagore:

    Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

  2. Michael Devoe:

    When that first one goes in, and Moses Wright and Jordan Usher keep going in, it's like throwing rocks in the ocean, you just can't miss. BEYOND THE BOXSCORE Bubba Parham scored only a single point for the The Yellow Jackets, but he took several offensive charging fouls that stymied any shot Clemson had at a comeback.

  3. Ernie Wright:

    My granddaughter, she was a good girl... she was an usher in the church, as far as violence or anything like that, she never would do that.

  4. The Rev. Jesse Jackson:

    Tim Cook and Apple, I believe, have the vision, commitment and courage to help usher in a new era of diversity and inclusion.

  5. Yim Jong-yong:

    It's time to respond pre-emptively, we need to help usher in a virtuous circle by making money flow into productive areas and away from non-productive sectors by removing these festering sores.

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  • مرشدArabic
  • uixerCatalan, Valencian
  • uváděč, biletář, soudní zřízenecCzech
  • Gerichtsdiener, PlatzanweiserGerman
  • ταξιθέτηςGreek
  • acomodador, acomodar, acompañar, bedel, preceder, portero de estrados, anunciar, ujier, acomodadora, ordenanzaSpanish
  • opastaa, ovenvartija, sulhaspoika, ennakoida, ohjata, kirkonpalvelija, suntio, paikannäyttäjäFinnish
  • placeur, escorter, ouvreuse, huissier, escorte, garçon d'honneurFrench
  • հսկիչ, ուղեկցել, առաջնորդել, բարապան, դռնապան, շվեյցարArmenian
  • messo, precorrere, guidare, uscière, maschera, introdurre, accompagnare, precedere, scortareItalian
  • סַדרָןHebrew
  • taupaepaeMāori
  • begeleiden, plaatsaanwijzer, aanwijzenDutch
  • lanterninhaPortuguese
  • шафер, сопровождать, швейцарRussian
  • uvádzačSlovak
  • vaktmästareSwedish
  • นำThai
  • thừa phát lạiVietnamese
  • seadöpihijonan, seadöpijonan, seadöpijijonanVolapük
  • 招待员Chinese

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    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    A profound
    B victimised
    C busy
    D whirring

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