fustian (1)



  • A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, chiefly prepared for menswear.
  • A class of cloth including corduroy and velveteen.
  • Pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech.
  • A drink made of white wine with egg yolk, lemon and spices.


  • Middle English fustian, from Old French fustaine, from Medieval Latin fustaneum, probably from Latin fustis.
  • Used in the sense of "pomposity" since at least the time of Shakespeare. For the shift of meaning from cloth-related terminology, compare bombast.

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