hos·​tler | \ ˈhä-slər How to pronounce hostler (audio) , ˈä- \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈä-​slər How to pronounce ostler (audio) \

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

Examples of hostler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Cemetery for Harford County's poor given new life for Eagle Scout project," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of hostler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hostler

Middle English hostiller, osteler "innkeeper, servant at an inn attending horses, person keeping horses for hire" — more at hosteler

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“Hostler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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