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hostler

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noun hos·tler \ˈhäs-lər, ˈäs-\

Definition of hostler

  1. 1 :  one who takes care of horses or mules

  2. 2 :  one who moves locomotives in and out of a roundhouse; also :  one who services locomotives



Variants of hostler

also

ostler

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Origin and Etymology of hostler

Middle English, innkeeper, hostler, from Anglo-French hosteler, from hostel


First Known Use: 14th century


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