[ moh-tel ]
/ moʊˈtɛl /


a hotel providing travelers with lodging and free parking facilities, typically a roadside hotel having rooms adjacent to an outside parking area or an urban hotel offering parking within the building.

Origin of motel

1920–25; blend of motor and hotel

Can be confused

hostel hotel motel (see synonym study at hotel) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for motel


/ (məʊˈtɛl) /


a roadside hotel for motorists, usually having direct access from each room or chalet to a parking space or garage

Word Origin for motel

C20: from motor + hotel
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