- Historical a coarse cloth of cotton and linen
- a thick cotton cloth with a short nap, as corduroy, velveteen, etc.
- pompous, pretentious talk or writing; bombast; rant
Origin of fustianMiddle English ; from Old French fustaigne ; from Medieval Latin fustaneum (; from Classical Latin fustis, wooden stick) used as translated, translation of Classical Greek xylinon ; from xylinos, wooden (in LXX, cotton)
- made of fustian
- pompous and pretentious
- a. A coarse sturdy cloth made of cotton and linen or flax.b. Any of several thick twilled cotton fabrics, such as corduroy, having a short nap.
- Pretentious speech or writing; pompous language.
- Made of or as if of fustian: “[He] disliked the heavy, fustian &ellipsis; and brocaded decor of Soviet officialdom” (Frederick Forsyth).
- Pompous, bombastic, and ranting: “Yossarian was unmoved by the fustian charade of the burial ceremony” (Joseph Heller).
Origin of fustianMiddle English, from Old French fustaigne, from Medieval Latin f&umacron;stanum, f&umacron;stianum, possibly from Latin f&umacron;stis, wooden stick, club (translation of Greek xulinos, wood-linen, cotton) or from El Fostat , (El Fustat), a section of Cairo, Egypt.
(usually uncountable, plural fustians)
- A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff.
- A class of cloth including corduroy and velveteen.
- Pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech.
Middle English fustian, from Old French fustaine, from Medieval Latin fustaneum, probably from Latin fustis (“club; (medieval use) tree trunk”).