ho·​tel | \hō-ˈtel, 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 , ˈhō-​ˌtel-​ \ noun

Examples of hotel in a Sentence


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

But if a kid goes and plays four games and there are no college coaches and all the family does is spend money to stay in a hotel, is that worth it? Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: As travel schedules continue to expand, high school baseball teams feeling the summer squeeze," 13 July 2018 Theft 3000 block of North University Drive in Sunrise, June 16, 3:23 p.m. The victim was staying in a hotel with his former girlfriend. Dan White,, "Plantation, Sunrise area crime reports," 12 July 2018 For most of the past few months, Mr. Biya has been present in Cameroon, a notable fact for a president who spends considerable time in a hotel in Switzerland. New York Times, "In Troubled Cameroon, U.S. Envoy Is Accused of Election Meddling," 12 July 2018 On Saturday, about 120 Americans and 100 Haitians were forced to hole up in the Oasis hotel after demonstrators tried to set the building alight and rush past security. Amanda Erickson, Anchorage Daily News, "Unrest in Haiti leaves dozens of American church groups stranded and unable to leave," 9 July 2018 The sultan purportedly wanted to buy a 30 percent interest in the resort hotel. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Fake sultan's scam of a Miami billionaire fizzled after reckless Ferrari drive, pork meals," 6 July 2018 The family was staying in a nearby hotel on the night of the fire. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "'Ghost Ship' warehouse fire defendants take plea deals in manslaughter case," 3 July 2018 Her first restaurant opened four years ago in a hotel on the Las Vegas strip; another followed in that gambling mecca this year. Tim Smith,, "Giada De Laurentiis' new restaurant in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore serves up appealing flavors," 28 June 2018 The 27-year-old had traveled from St. Petersburg the day before and spent the night in a nearby hotel. Jeff Weiner,, "CHRISTINA GRIMMIE: THE MURDER OF A RISING STAR," 25 June 2018

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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


French hôtel, from Old French hostel hostel

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The first known use of hotel was in 1687

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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 \

Kids Definition of hotel

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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