Usher vs Shepherd - What's the difference?

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Usher is a related term of shepherd.

As a noun usher

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

As a verb usher

is to guide people to their seats.

As a proper noun shepherd is




(wikipedia usher)


(en noun)
  • A person, in a church, cinema etc., who escorts people to their seats.
  • A male escort at a wedding.
  • A doorkeeper in a courtroom.
  • (dated) An underteacher, or assistant master, in a school.
  • Derived terms

    * usherette


  • To guide people to their seats.
  • * 1836 , , Sketches by Boz , "The curate. The old lady. The half-pay captain."
  • Her entrance into church on Sunday is always the signal for a little bustle in the side aisle, occasioned by a general rise among the poor people, who bow and curtsey until the pew-opener has ushered the old lady into her accustomed seat, dropped a respectful curtsey, and shut the door;
  • To accompany or escort (someone).
  • * 1898 , , The Rise of the Dutch Republic , page 509
  • Margaret was astonished at the magnificence of the apartments into which she was ushered .
  • (figuratively) To precede; to act as a forerunner or herald.
  • * 1912 , Elizabeth Christine Cook, Literary Influences in Colonial Newspapers, 1704-1750 , page 31
  • Thus the Harvard poets and wits ushered The New England Courant out of existence.
  • (figuratively) to lead or guide somewhere
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=December 29 , author=Keith Jackson , title=SPL: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 , work=Daily Record citation , page= , passage=McCoist unexpectedly ushered back a defender of his own with Kirk Broadfoot taking over from Steven Whittaker. There was, of course, another change, Kyle Bartley stepping in at centre-half to replace suspended Dorin Goian.}}

    Derived terms

    * usher in


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    (en noun) (wikipedia shepherd)
  • A person who tends sheep, especially a grazing flock.
  • *
  • *:It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd' s plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
  • (lb) Someone who watches over]], [[look after, looks after, or guides somebody.
  • *1769 , Oxford Standard text, , 23, i,
  • *:The LORD is my shepherd ; I shall not want.
  • (lb) The pastor of a church; one who guides others in religion.
  • Synonyms

    * sheepherder

    Coordinate terms

    * shepherdess

    Derived terms

    * archshepherd, Archshepherd (Koine Greek: 5:4) * chief shepherd, Chief Shepherd * shepherd's crook * shepherd's pie * undershepherd


    (en verb)
  • To watch over; to guide
  • (Australian rules football) For a player to obstruct an opponent from getting to the ball, either when a teammate has it or is going for it, or if the ball is about to bounce through the goal or out of bounds.