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motel

[ moh-tel ]
/ moʊˈtɛl /
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noun

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.

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RELATED WORDS

lodge, resort, inn, hotel, cabin, court, roadhouse

Nearby words

mot test, motagua, motais operation, mote, mote spoon, motel, motet, moth, moth bean, moth mullein, moth orchid

Origin of motel

1920–25; blend of motor and hotel
Can be confusedhostel hotel motel (see synonym study at hotel)
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British Dictionary definitions for motel

motel

/ (məʊˈtɛl) /

noun

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
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

Word Origin and History for motel

motel


n.

1925, coined from motor- + hotel. Originally a hotel for automobile travelers.

The Milestone Interstate Corporation ... proposes to build and operate a chain of motor hotels between San Diego and Seattle, the hotels to have the name 'Motel.' ["Hotel Monthly," March 1925]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper