American plan


(in hotels) a system of paying a single fixed rate that covers room and all meals. Abbreviation: AP
Compare European plan.

Origin of American plan

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for american plan

  • For week ends and holidays, American-plan reservations should be made in advance.

    Sequoia [California] National Park|United States Department of the Interior
  • American-plan and housekeeping accommodations are available in the park throughout the year.

    Sequoia [California] National Park|United States Department of the Interior
  • The American-plan rates range from $6.50 a day for a room, without bath, to $14 a day for de luxe accommodations for one.

    Glacier National Park [Montana]|United States Dept. of the Interior
  • His captor escorted him to a second-rate American-plan hotel and took him up to a room on the third floor.

    Ladies and Gentlemen |Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for american plan

American plan


US a hotel rate in which the charge includes mealsCompare European plan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012