Hus"tings (?), n. pl. [OE. husting an assembly, coucil, AS. hsting; of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. hsing; hs home + ing thing, assembly, meeting; akin to Dan. & Sw. ting, E. thing. See House, and Thing.]

1.

A court formerly held in several cities of England; specif., a court held in London, before the lord mayor, recorder, and sheriffs, to determine certain classes of suits for the recovery of lands within the city. In the progress of law reform this court has become unimportant.

Mozley & W.

2.

Any one of the temporary courts held for the election of members of the British Parliament.

3.

The platform on which candidates for Parliament formerly stood in addressing the electors.

[Eng.]

When the rotten hustings shake In another month to his brazen lies. Tennyson.

 

© Webster 1913.

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