husting

noun hus·ting \ ˈhəstiŋ , -tēŋ \

Definition of husting

plural -s
1 :a deliberative assembly or council in early medieval England; especially :one called by a king or other leader
2 a 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
4 a 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 land
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b :an act or process of electioneering
  • an election which has generated far more excitement than the usual off-year hustings
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  • the rough give-and-take of the hustings
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Origin and Etymology of husting

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


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