A person who services a truck or a railroad engine at the end of a run.
One who services a large vehicle or engine, such as a locomotive.
A person who takes care of horses at an inn, stable, etc.; groom.
One who is employed to tend horses, especially at an inn.
Origin of hostler
- Middle English from Anglo-Norman hostiler from Old French hostel lodging hostel
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.