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fustian

[ fuhs-chuhn ]
/ ˈfʌs tʃən /
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noun
a stout fabric of cotton and flax.
a fabric of stout twilled cotton or of cotton and low-quality wool, with a short nap or pile.
inflated or turgid language in writing or speaking: Fustian can't disguise the author's meager plot.
adjective
made of fustian: a fustian coat;fustian bed linen.
pompous or bombastic, as language: fustian melodrama.
worthless; cheap: fustian knaves and dupes.
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Origin of fustian

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English, fustian, fustain, fustein, from Old French fustai(g)ne, from Medieval Latin fūstāneum, fūstiānum, fūstānum, perhaps a derivative of Latin fūstis “stick, cudgel,” used as a loan translation of Greek (Septuagint) xýlina lína “cotton,” literally, “wood linen” ” (the cotton plant is woody, unlike flax, the source of linen); Fostat, a suburb of Cairo, where fustian was manufactured, has also been proposed as the source of fūstāneum

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British Dictionary definitions for fustian

fustian
/ (ˈfʌstɪən) /

noun
  1. a hard-wearing fabric of cotton mixed with flax or wool with a slight nap
  2. (as modifier)a fustian jacket
pompous or pretentious talk or writing
adjective
cheap; worthless
pompous; bombastic

Word Origin for fustian

C12: from Old French fustaigne, from Medieval Latin fustāneum, from Latin fustis cudgel
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