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fustian

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noun fus·tian \ˈfəs-chən\

Definition of fustian

  1. 1 a :  a strong cotton and linen fabric b :  a class of cotton fabrics usually having a pile face and twill weave

  2. 2 :  high-flown or affected writing or speech; broadly :  anything high-flown or affected in style

fus·tian adjective


Examples of fustian

  1. <a speech awash in old-fashioned fustian and bereft of all substance>



Origin of fustian

Middle English, from Anglo-French fustian, fustayn, from Medieval Latin fustaneum, probably from fustis tree trunk, from Latin, stick, cudgel


First Known Use: 13th century


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