Other Word Forms of Hostler
Origin of Hostler
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.
Middle English from Anglo-Norman hostiler from Old French hostel lodging hostel
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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