groom vs. stableman

ktm

Senior Member
Can anyone explain to me the difference beetween groom and stableman?
Is it possible to use this words interchangeably?
The problem is how I should translate "stableman" used in the citation below.

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How, after the last of the August rains, his old housekeeper Marianma would take the children, including his sister Olga, into the woods and lay a thick rug across the grass, never more than a dozen yards from the troika, in the middle of which sat Fyodor, the household stableman.
 
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  • Alisterio

    Senior Member
    UK English
    The Merriam-Webster dictionary lists "stableman" under the entry for "stable", but unfortunately it doesn't give a definition. I would agree with Franzi that "groom" is the more usual way to say it. I would imagine that the distinction - if any - is very subtle between the two terms.
     

    gasman

    Senior Member
    Canada, English
    Perhaps there is a slight difference. A groom is usually the person looking after a selected horse or horses, whereas a stableman does general duties in the stable, which might include grooming horses.
     

    ewie

    Senior Member
    English English
    It sounds to me (another non-expert on the subject) that a stableman is responsible for keeping stables clean, a groom for keeping horses clean.
     
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