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[hos-ler, os-ler] /ˈhɒs lər, ˈɒs lər/
a person who takes care of horses, especially at an inn.
an employee who moves and services trains, buses, or other vehicles after their regular runs or who does the maintenance work on large machines.
Origin of hostler
1350-1400; Middle English; variant of hosteler
Related forms
hostlership, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hostler
Historical Examples
  • The hostler took the reins and Robert stepped from the wagon.

  • He waved his hand to me, and surrendering his horse to a hostler, entered the house.

    In Direst Peril David Christie Murray
  • Pauer came back, accompanied by a man who looked like a hostler.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • But you know the fable, or story rather, of the Priest and the hostler.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • Mrs. Fairbank remains with the hostler, and favors me with a look at parting.

  • He was just about to step in, when the hostler came out, so they met at the door.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • He seemed in a very bad temper, and abused the hostler, though I could not tell what for.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • Goatry, who had handed the horse over to the hostler, watched them coming.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • "He seems like he were a part of the horse," declared the hostler, admiringly.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish
  • He had heard the hostler whisper, and he caught Frank's question.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for hostler


another name (esp Brit) for ostler
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hostler

late 14c., "one who tends to horses at an inn," also, occasionally, "innkeeper," from Anglo-French hostiler, Old French hostelier "innkeeper, steward" (12c., Modern French hôtelier), from Medieval Latin hostilarius "the monk who entertains guests at a monastery," from hospitale "inn" (see hospital). See also ostler.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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