[hos-ler, os-ler]


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.


Nearby words

  1. hostile takeover,
  2. hostile witness,
  3. hostilely,
  4. hostilities,
  5. hostility,
  6. hostly,
  7. hot,
  8. hot air,
  9. hot and bothered,
  10. hot and heavy

Origin of hostler

1350–1400; Middle English; variant of hosteler

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hostler



another name (esp Brit) for ostler
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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.

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