Definition of hostler
1 : one who takes care of horses or mules
2 : one who moves locomotives in and out of a roundhouse; also : one who services locomotives
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Harris, who had worked as a hostler for the county sheriff, was arrested a short time later and taken to the jail on Main Street in Bel Air.
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Origin and Etymology of hostler
Middle English, innkeeper, hostler, from Anglo-French hosteler, from hostel
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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