- a person who takes care of horses at an inn, stable, etc.; groom
- a person who services a truck or a railroad engine at the end of a run
- Obs. an innkeeper
Origin of hostlercontr. of hosteler
- One who is employed to tend horses, especially at an inn.
- One who services a large vehicle or engine, such as a locomotive.
Origin of hostlerMiddle English from Anglo-Norman hostiler from Old French hostel lodging ; see hostel .
Syncopated form of hosteler, from Middle French hostiler, from Old French hostelier, from Latin hostilarius, from hospitalarius, from hospitale "inn", from hospitālis "hospitable", from hospes "host, guest". Both hostler and its alternate form "ostler" originally meant simply "innkeeper", and acquired a specific association with horses in the second half of the 14th century.