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

Other Words from hotel


hoteldom \ hō-​ˈtel-​dəm How to pronounce hotel (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 Some analysts believe that Airbnb’s growth will slow and business at hotel chains and competitors like Expedia and Booking Holdings Inc. will return as corporate travel picks up. Preetika Rana, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 Two days later, at a hotel suite in SoHo, Lloyd was listening to Chopin on his laptop. Bruce Handy, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 The fact that Pijja Palace is on the bottom floor of the Comfort Inn hotel off Sunset Boulevard makes dinner there all the more unexpected and charming. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2022 The hotel has thrived since re-opening after the pandemic closure. Kim Westerman, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Among others, Miller is the manager of Kirkland Place Hotel Holdings, which is building a multi-use retail and hotel project in Cedar Mill. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 The fire displaced 19 occupants of the 44-unit hotel, Fire Battalion Chief Nathan Paulson said. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2022 In addition, Musgrove gets a hotel suite on road trips. Bernie Wilson, Chicago Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 Overnight from Thursday to Friday, explosions destroyed two cars and damaged a hotel where Russians quartered, wounding eight soldiers, Mr. Orlov said. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Hotel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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