Definition of hustings in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhəstiNGz/

noun (plural same)

1A meeting at which candidates in an election address potential voters.
Example sentences
  • Democracy in York will be taken back to its grass roots later this month when the city's candidates face the public in an election hustings.
  • On the Tuesday before the election we held a hustings which all of the prospective candidates attended - with the exception of the Conservatives.
  • The election hustings provided a welcome opportunity for important issues to be aired, even if climate change was not high on everyone's list of concerns.
1.1The campaigning associated with an election: a formidable political operator at his best on the hustings
More example sentences
  • He also supported the concept of the American free trade area in the Senate but now, on the hustings, is campaigning for protectionism to safeguard American jobs.
  • Two things have characterized the ongoing political campaigns for this year's general election since politicians went on the hustings last year.
  • There's no question that we've been in the doldrums for a while, we're all keen and passionate to get into the new year, an election year and to get out there on the hustings fighting for those things that we believe in.


Late Old English husting 'deliberative assembly, council', from Old Norse hústhing 'household assembly held by a leader', from hús 'house' + thing 'assembly, parliament'; hustings was applied in Middle English to the highest court of the City of London, England. Subsequently it denoted the platform where the Lord Mayor and aldermen presided and (early 18th century) a temporary platform on which parliamentary candidates were nominated; hence the sense 'electoral proceedings'.

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Syllabification: hust·ings

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