Hos"tler (?), n. [OE. hosteler, osteler, innkeeper, OF. hostelier, F. hotelier. See Hostel, and cf. Hospitaler, Hosteler.]


An innkeeper. [Obs.] See Hosteler.


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. Railroad

The person who takes charge of a locomotive when it is left by the engineer after a trip.


© Webster 1913.

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