- a deliberative assembly
- a court held in various English cities and still occasionally in London
- the platform in London Guildhall where such a court was formerly held
- the temporary platform where candidates for Parliament formerly stood for nomination and spoke
- the proceedings at an election
- any place where political campaign speeches are made
- the route followed by a campaigner for political office
Origin of hustingsMiddle English husting from Old English from Old Norse h?sthing, literally , house council from h?s, a house + thing, assembly (see thing): origin, originally , a lord's household assembly as distinct from a general assembly
plural nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
- a. A place where political campaign speeches are made: a candidate out on the hustings in the farm belt.b. The activities involved in political campaigning: a veteran of the hustings.
- Chiefly British A court formerly held in some English cities and still held infrequently in London.
- Chiefly British a. A platform on which candidates for Parliament formerly stood to address the electors.b. The proceedings of a parliamentary election.
Origin of hustingsFrom Middle English husting court of common pleas from Old English hūsting court from Old Norse hūsthing hūs house thing assembly
The plural hustings is used more often than the singular husting for the concrete sense of 'platform'. For the metaphorical sense of 'campaign', the plural is used almost exclusively.