I. noun Etymology: Middle English ussher, from Anglo-French ussier, usscher, from Vulgar Latin *ustiarius doorkeeper, from Latin ostium, ustium door, mouth of a river — more at ostium Date: 13th century 1. a. an officer or servant who has the care of the door of a court, hall, or chamber b. an officer who walks before a person of rank c. one who escorts persons to their seats (as in a theater) 2. archaic an assistant teacher II. verb (ushered; ushering) Date: 1588 transitive verb 1. to conduct to a place 2. to precede as an usher, forerunner, or harbinger 3. to cause to enter ; introduce <
a new theory ushered into the world
intransitive verb to serve as an usher <
usher at a wedding

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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