ho·​tel | \ hō-ˈtel How to pronounce hotel (audio) , ˈhō-ˌtel \

Definition of hotel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an establishment that provides lodging and usually meals, entertainment, and various personal services for the public : inn


communications code word

Definition of Hotel (Entry 2 of 2)

used as a code word for the letter h

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Other Words from hotel


hoteldom \ hō-​ˈtel-​dəm How to pronounce hoteldom (audio) , ˈhō-​ˌtel-​ \ noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If breastfeeding, other parent joins but stays behind at hotel? The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'Adventurous people find ways'," 23 Oct. 2020 Californians will be able to cast their votes in-person at the hotel from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Voting in Person in Los Angeles? Do It at the Historic Hotel Figueroa," 22 Oct. 2020 Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Julian Kheel, CNN Underscored, "Chase Sapphire credit cards to earn bonus points on groceries for a limited time," 20 Oct. 2020 The hotel chain came in seventh for environmental issues management. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "These Are the World’s 10 Most Sustainably Managed Companies," 13 Oct. 2020 Shanais Valdes, 33 of Hollywood, is a single mother of two who worked before the pandemic as an accountant for a large hotel chain. Andrew Boryga,, "The pandemic is pushing people to financial ruin. And the worst hardships lie ahead," 11 Oct. 2020 The company sold Nix’s downtown building to a hotel chain and exited with a big loss. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Investors Extracted $400 Million From a Hospital Chain That Sometimes Couldn’t Pay for Medical Supplies or Gas for Ambulances," 30 Sep. 2020 United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s boutique hotel chain. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Portland chef Vitaly Paley closes Imperial, other downtown restaurants in doubt," 30 Sep. 2020 Williams was later captured on a recorded phone conversation admitting to planning the rape and lawsuit against Hilton, a global hotel chain with nearly 600 locations. William Lee,, "Prosecutors: Felon accused of masterminding River North hotel rape in order to file a bogus lawsuit," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of hotel


1687, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hotel


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

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The first known use of hotel was in 1687

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27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hotel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce Hotel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hotel

: a place that has rooms in which people can stay especially when they are traveling : a place that provides food, lodging, and other services for paying guests


ho·​tel | \ hō-ˈtel How to pronounce hotel (audio) \

Kids Definition of hotel

: a place that provides lodging and meals for the public : inn

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