Definition of "hustings" []

  • A place where political campaign speeches are made: a candidate out on the hustings in the farm belt. (noun-plural)
  • The activities involved in political campaigning: a veteran of the hustings. (noun-plural)
  • Chiefly British A court formerly held in some English cities and still held infrequently in London. (noun-plural)
  • Chiefly British A platform on which candidates for Parliament formerly stood to address the electors. (noun-plural)
  • Chiefly British The proceedings of a parliamentary election. (noun-plural)
  • (before 1872) the platform on which candidates were nominated for Parliament and from which they addressed the electors (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The proceedings at a parliamentary election (noun)
  • Political campaigning (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "hustings" in a sentence
  • "It was called the hustings, and filled with benches; and at one end of it, where the benches ended, mats were laid, on which those who spoke to the people stood."
  • "The highest court of civic judicature was the Hustings Court, so called from the Saxon word hustings, signifying the "house of things," or causes."
  • "The first plate represents an election riot in front of the hustings, which is wild and fairly spirited."