Definition of hostler in English:


(also ostler)


  • A man employed to look after the horses of people staying at an inn.

    • ‘So the hostler cracked his whip, spurred on the lead horse on which he was seated, and the carriage splashed into the estuary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one would have mistaken him for anything other than a stable-boy or hostler, and these aristocratic brats always made it a point never to look twice at a servant.’


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