hotel

[ hoh-tel ]
/ hoʊˈtɛl /

noun

a commercial establishment offering lodging to travelers and sometimes to permanent residents, and often having restaurants, meeting rooms, stores, etc., that are available to the general public.
(initial capital letter) Military. the NATO name for a class of nuclear-powered Soviet ballistic missile submarine armed with up to six single-warhead missiles.
a word used in communications to represent the letter H.

Origin of hotel

1635–45; < French hôtel, Old French hostel hostel

SYNONYMS FOR hotel

1 hostelry, hostel, guesthouse, motel. Hotel, house, inn, tavern refer to establishments for the lodging or entertainment of travelers and others. Hotel is the common word, suggesting a more or less commodious establishment with up-to-date appointments, although this is not necessarily true: the best hotel in the city; a cheap hotel near the docks. The word house is often used in the name of a particular hotel, the connotation being wealth and luxury: the Parker House; the Palmer House. Inn suggests a place of homelike comfort and old-time appearance or ways; it is used for quaint or archaic effect in the names of some public houses and hotels in the U.S.: the Pickwick Inn; the Wayside Inn. A tavern, like the English public house, is a house where liquor is sold for drinking on the premises; until recently it was archaic or dialectal in the U.S., but has been revived to substitute for saloon, which had unfavorable connotations: Taverns are required to close by two o'clock in the morning. The word has also been used in the sense of inn, especially in New England, ever since Colonial days: Wiggins Tavern.

Related forms

ho·tel·less, adjective

Can be confused

hostel hotel motel (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for hotel (1 of 2)

hotel

/ (həʊˈtɛl) /

noun

a commercially run establishment providing lodging and usually meals for guests, and often containing a public bar

Word Origin for hotel

C17: from French hôtel, from Old French hostel; see hostel

British Dictionary definitions for hotel (2 of 2)

Hotel

/ (həʊˈtɛl) /

noun

communications a code word for the letter h
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