Definition of Hostler

1. Noun. Someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses.

Exact synonyms: Groom, Ostler, Stableboy, Stableman
Generic synonyms: Hand, Hired Hand, Hired Man
Derivative terms: Groom

Definition of Hostler

1. n. An innkeeper. [Obs.] See Hosteler.

Definition of Hostler

1. Noun. A person employed at an inn, hostelry, or stable to look after horses; a groom ¹

2. Noun. (context: by extension) A person employed to care for a locomotive or other large engine. ¹

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Definition of Hostler

1. a person who tends horses or mules [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hostler

1. 1. An innkeeper. See Hosteler. 2. 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. 3. The person who takes charge of a locomotive when it is left by the engineer after a trip. Origin: OE. Hosteler, osteler, innkeeper, OF. Hostelier, F. Hotelier. See Hostel, and cf. Hospitaler, Hosteler. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hostler

hostile fire
hostile takeover
hostile takeovers
hostile witness
hostile witnesses
hostis humani generis
hostler (current term)

Literary usage of Hostler

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Complete Works of Sir Walter Scott: With a Biography, and His Last by Walter Scott (1833)
"But truly Jack hostler, I should be glad to know myself what like the fellow ... Why, I had schoolmaster to write down ailment o' najt, said Jack hostler; ..."

2. The American and English Railroad Cases: A Collection of All Cases Affecting by Frank Cyrus Smith, Thomas Johnson Michie, United States Courts, Great Britain Courts, Canada Courts (1912)
"When the hostler mounted the engine, plaintiff remarked to him that the engine needed no ... The hostler and another witness testified that plaintiff said, ..."

3. Standard Specifications for Personal Service by New York (N.Y.). Bureau of Standards (1917)
"hostler AND DRIVER GROUP SYMBOL (UH) The term hostler and Driver Group is ... hostler: The duties of hostlers are to care for, clean, feed and bed horses. ..."

4. Personal History of King Charles the Second: From His Landing in Scotland by Charles Jobson Lyon (1851)
"When he had taken off the bridles, he called to the hostler to bring oats for the horses. The latter, while so . doing, looked the pretended William in the ..."

5. The Bible in Spain: Or, The Journeys, Adventures, and Imprisonments of an by George Henry Borrow (1845)
"Close beside me stood my excellent friend Griffiths, the jolly hostler, of whom I take the present opportunity of saying a few words, though I dare say he ..."

6. The Law of Horses: Including the Law of Innkeepers, Veterinary Surgeons, Etc by George Henry Hewitt Oliphant, Clement Elphinstone Lloyd (1882)
"Definition of an Inn. Derivation of hostler. Who is a Guest. "What an Inn- keeper under' takes. Hours of closing. Kuch Lien is favoured by Law id. ..."

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