hus·​ting | \ ˈhəstiŋ, -tēŋ \
plural -s

Definition of husting

1 : a deliberative assembly or council in early medieval England especially : one called by a king or other leader
2a or hustings plural but singular in construction : a court held in London before the lord mayor, recorder, and sheriffs or aldermen
b hustings plural but singular in construction or hustings court : a local court in some cities in Virginia
3 or hustings plural but singular in construction : the upper end or dais of the guildhall where the London husting sits
4a or hustings plural but singular in construction : a raised platform from which candidates for the British Parliament were formerly nominated and from which they addressed their constituency
b : the proceedings at a parliamentary election
5 hustings plural but singular or plural in construction
a : an election platform : stump the charge … is expected to resound from political hustings throughout the landForeign Policy Bulletin
b : an act or process of electioneering an election which has generated far more excitement than the usual off-year hustingsSaturday Review the rough give-and-take of the hustingsYale Review

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First Known Use of husting

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for husting

Middle English, from Old English hūsting, from Old Norse hūsthing, from hūs house + thing assembly

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“Husting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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