From Middle English husting, from Old English hūsting, borrowed from Old Norse húsþing (“house assembly”), from hús (“house”) + þing (“council, meeting”), equivalent to house + thing. Cognate with Icelandic húsþing (“assembly”).
husting (plural hustings)
Usually used in the plural (hustings) but with a singular verb.
- A platform where candidates in an election give speeches.
- (historical) An assembly, especially one of the retainers of a ruler.