From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hostler \Hos"tler\, n. [OE. hosteler, osteler, innkeeper, OF.
   hostelier, F. h[^o]telier. See Hostel, and cf.
   Hospitaler, Hosteler.]
   1. An innkeeper. [Obs.] See Hosteler.
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   2. 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.
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   3. (Railroad) The person who takes charge of a locomotive
      when it is left by the engineer after a trip.
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