hustings [hus′tiŋz]
[ME husting < OE < ON hūsthing, lit., house council < hūs, a house + thing, assembly (see THING1): orig., a lord's household assembly as distinct from a general assembly] [usually with sing. v.]
1. Obs.
a) a deliberative assembly
b) a court held in various English cities and still occasionally in London
c) the platform in London Guildhall where such a court was formerly held
d) the temporary platform where candidates for Parliament formerly stood for nomination and spoke
2. the proceedings at an election
3. any place where political campaign speeches are made
4. the route followed by a campaigner for political office

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  • hustings — ⇒HUSTINGS, subst. masc. plur. HIST. [En Angleterre] Estrade d où les candidats à la Chambre des communes faisaient autrefois leur profession de foi. À gauche du spectateur, la taverne de Malborough (...); à droite, les hustings ou gradins adossés …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Hustings — Hus tings, n. pl. [OE. husting an assembly, coucil, AS. h?sting; of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. h?s?ing; h?s home + ?ing thing, assembly, meeting; akin to Dan. & Sw. ting, E. thing. See {House}, and {Thing}.] 1. A court formerly held in several… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hustings — O.E. husting meeting, court, tribunal, from O.N. husðing council, from hus house (see HOUSE (Cf. house)) + ðing assembly (see THING (Cf. thing)); so called because it was a meeting of the men who formed the household of a nobleman or king. The… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hustings — ► NOUN (treated as pl. or sing. ) 1) a meeting at which candidates in an election address potential voters. 2) (the hustings) political campaigning; electioneering. ORIGIN Old Norse, household assembly held by a leader , from hús house + thing… …   English terms dictionary

  • Hustings — (engl., spr. höstings) heißt bei Parlamentswahlen die Erhöhung oder Bühne, auf der die Bewerber erscheinen und Reden an die Wähler halten …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Hustings — (engl., spr. höß ), die Rednerbühne, von wo die Kandidaten zu den Wählern sprechen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • hustings — hus|tings [ˈhʌstıŋz] n [: Old English; Origin: husting council meeting , from Old Norse, from hus house + thing council, assembly ] the hustings the process of trying to persuade people to vote for you by making speeches etc at/on the hustings ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hustings — noun the hustings BrE the process of trying to persuade people to vote for you by making speeches etc: be at/on the hustings: All the candidates are out on the hustings …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hustings — noun /ˈhʌstɪŋz/ a) a platform where candidates in an election give speeches I now mounted the hustings, and, without any regard to decency or modesty, made as emphatical a speech in favour of the king as before I had done against him. b) an… …   Wiktionary

  • hustings — n. route of an election campaign to go out on the hustings * * * [ hʌstɪŋz] [ route of an election campaign ] to go out on the hustings …   Combinatory dictionary