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hostler

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Syncopated form of hosteler < Middle French hostiler < Old French hostelier < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] hostilarius < hospitalarius < hospitale "inn" < hospitālis "hospitable" < hospes "host, guest". Both hostler and its alternate form "ostler" originally meant simply "inkeeper", and acquired a specific association with horses in the second half of the 14th century.

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hostler

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  1. A person employed at an inn, hostelry, or stable to look after horses; a groom
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A person employed to care for a locomotive or other large engine.

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