[hos-ler, os-ler]
a person who takes care of horses, especially at an inn.
an employee who moves and services trains, buses, or other vehicles after their regular runs or who does the maintenance work on large machines.

1350–1400; Middle English; variant of hosteler

hostlership, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
hostler (ˈɒslə)
another name (esp Brit) for ostler

ostler or hostler (ˈɒslə)
archaic a stableman, esp one at an inn
[C15: variant of hostler, from hostel]
hostler or hostler
[C15: variant of hostler, from hostel]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "one who tends to horses at an inn," also, occasionally, "innkeeper," from Anglo-Fr. hostiler, from M.L. hostilarius "the monk who entertains guests at a monastery," from hospitale "inn" (see hospital). See also ostler.
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Example sentences
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.
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