This word Is said to be derived from “huissier,” and is the name of a subor- dinate officer in some English courts of law. Archb. Pr. 25. USHER OF THE BLACK ROD. The gentleman usher of the black rod is an officer of the house of lords appointed by let- DSO 1191 USURIOUS lers patent from the crown. His duties are, by himself or deputy, to desire the attendance of the commons in the house of peers when the royal assent is given to bills, either by the king in person or by commission, to execute orders for the commitment of persons guilty of breach of privilege, and also to assist in the introduction of peers when they take the oaths and their seats. Brown.