Definition of hostler in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)äslər/
(also ostler)


A man employed to look after the horses of people staying at an inn.
Example sentences
  • It didn't take long to pack things up with nine thousand men - not counting the servants, cooks, healers, horse hostlers, officers, and other assorted peoples - to do the work.
  • Erial smiled gratefully as the hostler brought up three horses.
  • Baning was employed there as an hostler, and to that extent he was entirely within his rights.


Late Middle English: from Old French hostelier 'innkeeper', from hostel (see hostel).

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Syllabification: hos·tler

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