from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is employed to tend horses, especially at an inn.
- n. One who services a large vehicle or engine, such as a locomotive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person employed at an inn, hostelry, or stable to look after horses; a groom
- n. A person employed to care for a locomotive or other large engine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An innkeeper. [Obs.] See hosteler.
- n. The person who has the care of horses at an inn or stable; hence, any one who takes care of horses; a groom; -- so called because the innkeeper formerly attended to this duty in person.
- n. The person who takes charge of a locomotive when it is left by the engineer after a trip.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as hosteler, 1.
- n. The person who has the care of horses at an inn; a stable-boy; a groom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman hostiler, from Old French hostel, lodging; see hostel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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. (Wiktionary)