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 native Anglo-Saxon word for this was folc-gemot. The plural became the usual form c.1500; sense of "temporary platform for political speeches" developed by 1719, apparently from London's Court of Hustings, presided over by the Lord Mayor, which was held on a platform in the Guildhall. This sense broadened to encompass the whole election process.

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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 — ► 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′tiŋz] pl.n. [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 …   English World dictionary

  • 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

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