from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coarse sturdy cloth made of cotton and flax.
- n. Any of several thick twilled cotton fabrics, such as corduroy, having a short nap.
- n. Pretentious speech or writing; pompous language.
- adj. Made of or as if of fustian: "[He] disliked the heavy, fustian ... and brocaded decor of Soviet officialdom” ( Frederick Forsyth).
- adj. Pompous, bombastic, and ranting: "Yossarian was unmoved by the fustian charade of the burial ceremony” ( Joseph Heller).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff
- n. A class of cloth including corduroy and velveteen
- n. Pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, including corduroy, velveteen, etc.
- n. An inflated style of writing; a kind of writing in which high-sounding words are used, above the dignity of the thoughts or subject; bombast.
- adj. Made of fustian.
- adj. Pompous; ridiculously tumid; inflated; bombastic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, a stout cloth, supposed to have been of cotton or cotton and flax.
- n. In present use, a stout twilled cotton fabric, especially that which has a short nap, variously called corduroy, moleskin, beaverteen, velveteen, thickset, etc., according to the way in which it is finished. See pillow.
- n. An inflated or turgid style of speaking or writing, characterized by the use of high-sounding phrases and exaggerated metaphors, and running into hyperbole and rant; empty phrasing.
- n. A potation composed of the yolks of eggs, white wine or other liquor, lemon, and spices.
- n. Synonyms Turgidness, Rant, etc. See bombast.
- Made of fustian.
- Pompous in style; ridiculously tumid; bombastic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strong cotton and linen fabric with a slight nap
- n. pompous or pretentious talk or writing
Middle English, from Old French fustaigne, from Medieval Latin fūstānum, fūstiānum, possibly from Latin fūstis, wooden stick, club (translation of Greek xulinos, wood-linen, cotton) or from El Fostat (El Fustat), a section of Cairo, Egypt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English fustian, from Old French fustaine, from Medieval Latin fustaneum, probably from Latin fustis ("club; (medieval use) tree trunk"). (Wiktionary)