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hostler

[hos-ler, os-ler] /ˈhɒs lər, ˈɒs lər/
noun
1.
a person who takes care of horses, especially at an inn.
2.
an employee who moves and services trains, buses, or other vehicles after their regular runs or who does the maintenance work on large machines.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; variant of hosteler
Related forms
hostlership, noun
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  • For hostlers, this study indicated that hostler average loads have been overestimated, and therefore the emissions as well.
  • The hostler would then pull away from the dock and move the trailer to another location.
British Dictionary definitions for hostler

hostler

/ˈɒslə/
noun
1.
another name (esp Brit) for ostler

ostler

/ˈɒslə/
noun
1.
(archaic) a stableman, esp one at an inn
Word Origin
C15: variant of hostler, from hostel
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Word Origin and History for hostler
n.

late 14c., "one who tends to horses at an inn," also, occasionally, "innkeeper," from Anglo-French hostiler, Old French hostelier "innkeeper, steward" (12c., Modern French hôtelier), from Medieval Latin hostilarius "the monk who entertains guests at a monastery," from hospitale "inn" (see hospital). See also ostler.

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