Hostler Hos"tler, n. [OE. hosteler, osteler, innkeeper, OF. hostelier, F. h[^o]telier. See {Hostel}, and cf. {Hospitaler}, {Hosteler}.] 1. An innkeeper. [Obs.] See {Hosteler}. [1913 Webster]

2. The person who has the care of horses at an inn or stable; hence, any one who takes care of horses; a groom; -- so called because the innkeeper formerly attended to this duty in person. [1913 Webster]

3. (Railroad) The person who takes charge of a locomotive when it is left by the engineer after a trip. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • hostler — (n.) late 14c., one who tends to horses at an inn, also, occasionally, innkeeper, from Anglo Fr. hostiler, O.Fr. hostelier innkeeper, steward (12c., Mod.Fr. hôtelier), from M.L. hostilarius the monk who entertains guests at a monastery, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hostler — [häs′lər, äs′lər] n. [contr. of HOSTELER] 1. a person who takes care of horses at an inn, stable, etc.; groom ☆ 2. a person who services a truck or a railroad engine at the end of a run 3. Obs. an innkeeper …   English World dictionary

  • Hostler — An hostler, pronounced (and occasionally spelled) ostler, is an archaic word for a groom or stableman, i.e. the occupation of someone employed in a stable to take care of horses. [ searchmode=none …   Wikipedia

  • hostler — also ostler noun Etymology: Middle English, innkeeper, hostler, from Anglo French hosteler, from hostel Date: 14th century 1. one who takes care of horses or mules 2. one who moves locomotives in and out of a roundhouse; also one who services… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hostler — hostlership, n. /hos leuhr, os leuhr/, n. 1. a person who takes care of horses, esp. at an inn. 2. an employee who moves and services trains, buses, or other vehicles after their regular runs or who does the maintenance work on large machines.… …   Universalium

  • hostler — noun /ˈɒs.lə,ˈhɒs.lə,ˈhɑːs.lɚ,ˈɑːs.lɚ/ a) A person employed at an inn, hostelry, or stable to look after horses; a groom b) A person employed to care for a locomotive or other large engine. Syn …   Wiktionary

  • hostler — Synonyms and related words: breaker, breeder, broncobuster, buckaroo, cattleman, cow keeper, cowman, dairy farmer, dairyman, equerry, farrier, grazier, groom, horseshoer, rancher, ranchero, ranchman, sheepman, stableboy, stableman, stock raiser,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • hostler — hos|tler [ˈɔslə US ˈha:stlər, ˈa:s ] n the usual American spelling of ↑ostler …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hostler — hos·tler || É‘slÉ™(r) / É’s n. one who operates a hostel …   English contemporary dictionary

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