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- n. A platform where candidates in an election give speeches.
- n. An assembly, especially one of the retainers of a ruler.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A public meeting for conference; a council; specifically, a court: now usually in the plural, hustings, used also as singular.
- n. plural (also as singular). A temporary platform on which nominations of members of Parliament were made, and from which a candidate addressed his constituency. Since the passing of the Ballot Act of 1872 the use of hustings has been discontinued, but the word is still used with reference to any platform from which electioneering speeches are delivered.
From Old Norse húsþing, from hús ("house") + þing ("council, meeting"). (Wiktionary)