- 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 hūsthing, literally , house council ; from hūs, a house + thing, assembly (see thing): origin, originally , a lord's household assembly as distinct from a general assembly
plural noun(used 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.