Definition of fustian noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfʌstiən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌstʃən//
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  1. 1 a thick strong cotton cloth with a slightly rough surface, used in the past for making clothes
  2. 2(literary) language that sounds impressive but does not mean much
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French fustaigne, from medieval Latin fustaneum, from (pannus) fustaneus ‘cloth from Fostat’, a suburb of Cairo; sense (2) perhaps from the fact that fustian was sometimes used to cover pillows and cushions, implying that the language was “padded”; compare with bombast.
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