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ho·​tel hō-ˈtel How to pronounce hotel (audio)
: an establishment that provides lodging and usually meals, entertainment, and various personal services for the public : inn
hō-ˈtel-dəm How to pronounce hotel (audio)


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communications code word

used as a code word for the letter h

Examples of hotel in a Sentence

Noun check out of a hotel for their 50th anniversary they stayed at one of the finest hotels in San Francisco
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Word History



borrowed from French hôtel, going back to Old French hostel, ostel "lodging, accommodation" — more at hostel entry 1

First Known Use


1687, in the meaning defined above

Communications Code Word

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hotel was in 1687

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Cite this Entry

“Hotel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ho·​tel hō-ˈtel How to pronounce hotel (audio)
: an establishment that provides lodging and often meals, entertainment, and personal services for its guests


from French hôtel "hotel," from early French hostel "a place for travelers to spend the night," derived from Latin hospitalis "of a guest, showing hospitality," from hospit-, hospes "host, stranger, guest" — related to hospital, hospitality

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