[ 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

hos·tler·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hostler


/ (ˈɒslə) /


another name (esp Brit) for ostler
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