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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
usher in an era (=to be the start of a new era)
▪ His death ushered in an era of political instability.
▪ I worked as an usher at the local cinema during the holidays.
▪ The usher handed us a songsheet and directed us to seats in the front row.
▪ At Streb / Ringside, the ushers even gave out ear plugs.
▪ Down comes the usher with his light.
▪ Once inside a gentlemanly usher gave our party good seats.
▪ The usher stopped dead in his tracks.
▪ The five, organized by a Catholic pacifist group, Voices in the Wilderness, were hustled out by ushers.
▪ The officer was saying something, but the usher was shaking his head firmly.
▪ His conquests transformed the ancient world and ushered in the Hellenistic age of great monarchies.
▪ The Manhattan Project, which ushered in the nuclear age with all its benefits and horrors, obviously fits this criterion.
▪ Among numerous accomplishments, he ushered in the Jazz Age and heralded the fabled Harlem Renaissance.
▪ However, the landslide victory for reformist political leader president Khatami in 1997 has ushered in a new era of liberalism.
▪ De La Vina ushered in a new era for the agency here.
▪ Perhaps his demise through age, ill-health or death might usher in an era of political instability.
▪ Her company ushered in a new era of Wrapmania in 1953 by marketing Saran Wrap.
▪ The bitterness of their recent exchanges has ushered in a new era of ecumenical dialogue.
▪ Thus was ushered in the era of management in the development game.
▪ It was early the next day that she was ushered into the offices of Croydon and Cooper.
▪ But before Halvorsen could usher Floyd into his office, there was an interruption.
▪ Finally, it ushered in a period of an increasing interlocking of economies on a world scale dominated by a capitalist centre.
▪ One consequence was to usher in a period of marked discretion in personal expenditure.
▪ However, the return to partial Labour rule did not usher in a period of optimistic progress towards a settlement.
▪ The use of the courts to end a railroad strike in 1922 ushered in a lean period for the unions.
▪ So when I was ushered into his consulting room, it was his welfare that concerned me as much as my own.
▪ We removed our gear from our bikes and were ushered into their guest room.
▪ I was ushered into a high-ceilinged room dark with oak panelling.
▪ By the time Drew had ushered her into her room she had been very nearly out on her feet.
▪ You were greeted at the door and ushered into a charming room.
▪ Karim ushered me into a room full of people.
▪ She was ushered into a large room filled with fine ornaments and luxurious furnishings.
▪ At the front door stood two smart young men, who ushered the guests into the house.
▪ Smiling, Smart ushered her to a waiting car outside.
▪ But Friday will usher in the first manifestation of what 1997 will be: A Year of Disasters.
▪ He put the key back in the lock and opened the door, and then ushered Patrick through before him.
▪ In other words, a technological breakthrough supposedly ushered in new symbolic meanings.
▪ McLaren was then ushered in from an adjoining office.
▪ The witches were ushered to the area in front of the thrones, and then Millie scurried away.
▪ We removed our gear from our bikes and were ushered into their guest room.
▪ Witnesses were told Hauptmann was the culprit, and then they were ushered in to view him.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Usher \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.

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


Usher \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.''

    These are the ushers of Marcius.

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., "servant who has charge of doors and admits people to a chamber, hall, etc.," from Anglo-French usser (12c.), Old French ussier, uissier "porter, doorman," from Vulgar Latin *ustiarius "doorkeeper," variant of Latin ostiarius "door-keeper," from ostium "door, entrance," from os "mouth," from PIE *os- "mouth" (see oral). Fem. form usherette is attested from 1913, American English.


1590s, "conduct, escort, admit ceremoniously," from usher (n.). Related: Ushered; ushering.


n. 1 A person, in a church, cinema etc., who escorts people to their seats. 2 A male escort at a wedding. 3 A doorkeeper in a courtroom. 4 (context dated English) An underteacher, or assistant master, in a school. vb. 1 To guide people to their seats. 2 To accompany or escort (someone). 3 (context figuratively English) To precede; to act as a forerunner or herald. 4 (context figuratively transitive English) to lead or guide somewhere


v. show (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums; "The usher showed us to our seats" [syn: show]

Usher (singer)

Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Born in Dallas, Texas but raised and lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records. In August 1994 he released his self-titled debut album, Usher with the lead singles " Can U Get wit It" and " Think of You". He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his sophomore album My Way (1997), which spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, " Nice & Slow". The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. My Way also earned Usher his first Grammy Award nomination in 1998 for his debut single " You Make Me Wanna..." that reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart and US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts, and his second nomination with " My Way" in 1999. 8701 (2001), produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles " U Remind Me" and " U Got It Bad" as the former won him his first Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002, before " U Don't Have to Call" winning him his second in 2003.

Confessions (2004) established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide, bolstered by its four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles —" Yeah!", " Burn", " Confessions Part II", and " My Boo"—and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. The album collected 3 Grammy Awards in 2005. Here I Stand (2008) and Raymond v. Raymond (2010), debuted atop the Billboard 200 and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles " Love in This Club" and " OMG". The EP, Versus, also produced the Hot 100 top-five single " DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love". Looking 4 Myself (2012), debuted atop of the Billboard 200 chart and produced the Hot 100 top-ten single " Scream". Raymond v. Raymond and Looking 4 Myself collectively garnered 3 Grammy Awards, notably for R&B singles " There Goes My Baby" and " Climax" that reached number-one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States alone. To date, his worldwide sales stand over 43 million albums and 75 million records overall, making him one of the best-selling music artists. Usher has won numerous awards including eighteen Billboard Music Awards and eight Grammy Awards. At the end of 2009, Billboard named him the number-one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade, the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade and ranking Confessions as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Billboard also placed him at number six on their list of "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years", and has been inducted into the 29th Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 number-one singles. In 2008, he started his own record label Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG) a joint venture with talent manager Scooter Braun. The most prominent artist Raymond represents is Justin Bieber. Under Raymond's minority ownership, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA championship.

Usher (occupation)

An usher is a person who shows people where to sit, especially at a theatre or when attending a wedding. An example of an usher is a person who is friends with the groom who directs people where to sit as they enter the church for a wedding.

Usher (software)

Usher is an enterprise security platform released by Microstrategy, Inc. in 2015. The technology is designed to replace user-entered passwords with biometric identity and multi-step authentication methods, and features digital badges and geo-fencing administration options. The service takes the form of a mobile application that allows users to access both physical and digital space based on more passive identification methods (facial recognition, Bluetooth discovery, etc).

Usher (fragrance)

Usher He and She fragrances created by American singer Usher Raymond IV and Elizabeth Arden. Honorine Blanc and Richard Herpin developed the perfumes fragrances, which was released on September 25, 2007. In 2010 it was list #5 on Top Ten Best-Selling Celebrity Fragrances, earning 16 million.


Usher may refer to:

Several jobs which originally involved directing people and ensuring people are in the correct place:

  • Usher (occupation)
    • Church usher
    • Field usher, a military rank
    • Court usher, a court official
    • Usher of Justice, a judicial official in some countries
    • Usher of the Black Rod, a parliamentary official in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
    • Gentleman Usher, a category of royal official in the United Kingdom
    • White House Chief Usher
    • Usher-at-arms, historically, a soldier of the gardes de la porte of the maison militaire du roi de France
    • Usher of State, a protocol official of the Swiss central or canton governments
Usher (album)

Usher is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer Usher. It was released on August 30, 1994, by LaFace Records. These several producers have contributed to the production of the album; including the executive producer Sean "Puffy" Combs, as well as the additional production that were provided by Chucky Thompson, DeVante Swing and Al B. Sure!, among others. The album debuted at number 167 on the US Billboard 200 and at number 25 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The release of the album was accompanied by three singles: " Can U Get wit It", " Think of You" and " The Many Ways". To date, the album has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States.

Usher (2004 film)

Usher is a 2004 film written and directed by Roger Leatherwood. It is loosely adapted from the short story " The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. It tells the story of a young hitman who falls on hard times and gets a job in a movie theatre. The theatre seems to have a personality of its own and the hitman, named Ash, finds himself losing his personality as he falls into a day-to-day work routine.

The feature film premiered at the 2004 Telluride Indie Film Festival (now defunct) and won Best Feature. Additionally, Thomas Alexander won the award for "Best Actor in a Feature" from Wicked Pixel's 2004 "Cinema Edge" awards and was reviewed by Film Threat magazine (online) and Shock Cinema.

Since November 2009 the film has been being posted in short non-sequential segments, one a week, by ArtOverLife Studios.

Roger Leatherwood directed the short animated film "Lieing Man" in 2008.

Usher (surname)

Usher is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Andrew Usher, Edinburgh distiller
  • Bob Usher (1925–2014), Baseball player
  • David Usher, Canadian recording artist
  • Graham Usher (1938–1975) ballet dancer with the Royal Ballet
  • Graham Usher (bishop), Bishop of Dudley
  • Hezekiah Usher, first bookseller in the thirteen colonies
  • James Usher (or Ussher) (1581–1656), Archbishop of Armagh, 1625–1656
  • James Ward Usher, benefactor of the Usher Gallery, in Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • John Palmer Usher, U.S. administrator, cabinet member of Abraham Lincoln
  • Karyn Usher, American television producer and screenwriter
  • Michael Usher, Australian journalist and newsreader for Nine News
  • Paul Usher, English actor
  • Richard Usher (1785–1843), English clown

Usage examples of "usher".

The reader who desires to know more about this oracular divinity, may consult the said doctor Alcofribas Nasier, who will usher him into the adytum through the medium of the high priestess Bacbuc.

WESTON called the officers and had them usher Renz and Alker downstairs.

Saint returned to his room, ushered by a silent Simeon Monk, he immediately heard a knock on the door beyond which Amity Little had purportedly been sleeping when he had been taken downstairs for his conference in the planning room.

Stuart evened the honours by ushering Mrs Murphy - arthritic knee, prone to leg ulcers, Kate mentally annotated - through first.

I was finishing this little analysis of the case when the door was opened and the austere figure of the great dermatologist was ushered in.

Many of these babblers are quite huge, much bigger than your average usher.

At length she ushered me into a living room cozily furnished in the manner of a bachelorette apartment and insisted I take a seat on the sofa, then went through a door into the next room, reappearing seconds later carrying a tray on which were glasses and a bottle of red wine.

Tail wagging, he ushered me into the sitting room, where he and Bev were watching TV.

Katrina to make bright conversation until he returned, ushered Beyke into the seat beside him and with a casual salute, drove off.

She ushered them into a brightly lighted chamber, comfortably cluttered with bibelots, framed photos, bric-a-brac.

This was the signal that the visit was about to be concluded, that he, Julius, was soon to usher out again with Bijou on his arm.

There were going to be eleven other bridesmaids, eleven ushers, a best man, four flower girls, and a ring bearer.

The door behind the row of palms and ferns was opening, and Miss Burd, in scholastic cap and gown, was ushering in the Mayor, the Mayoress, several Town Councilors and their wives, a few clergy, the head-master of the School of Art, and, to the place of honor in the middle, Sir James Hilton, the Member of Parliament for Grovebury, who was to conduct the ceremony of the afternoon.

Fifteen minutes later Plympton Burdock, father of the dead girl, received a card from a servant, glanced at it, nodded, and The Thinking Machine was ushered in.

She had kept her eyes steadily on him all the time, and was still gazing at the altar on which her happiness had been in some way offered up, when the door was opened by Kitty Fagan, and Master Byles Gridley was ushered into the parlor.