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ostler Line breaks: ost¦ler
Pronunciation: /ˈɒslə/
(also hostler)

Definition of ostler in English:


A man employed to look after the horses of people staying at an inn.
Example sentences
  • After searching the entire castle, I eventually found them in the stables handing their horses over to the hostlers after a ride.
  • He partook of a leisurely breakfast, paid his reckoning, had the ostler bring his horse, and set off to the sound of church bells in the clear air.
  • When the two of them reached the entrance to the stables, a hostler came walking up.


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

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