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


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

Welsh says the owners spent $50 million to redo the entire hotel, with other draws including Corner Office, a casual watering hole serving pizzas and craft beers. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "At Cherry, where’s there’s smoke, there’s a fired-up chef," 5 July 2019 Jason Koerner/Getty Images MIAMI — Twenty miles west of Miami’s glittering oceanfront, closer to the Everglades than to the Fontainebleau hotel, a hangar-size office building rises from the flatlands like a spaceship. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "Telemundo, Presidential Debate Under Its Belt, Moves Into 2020 Spotlight," 4 July 2019 The state’s first indoor-golf hotel has opened in Minneapolis — the Graduate Hotel, offering Swing Suites. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Fore? Indoor golf soars, as outdoor golf struggles," 4 July 2019 For more information on the hotel, visit // Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Critically-acclaimed Tartine Bakery coming to Berkeley," 3 July 2019 MaRS' portfolio includes hotels, apartments, corporate offices, retail and restaurant spaces and residences. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "MaRS architectural design studio recognized for two commercial projects," 3 July 2019 Nearby is the Delamar West Hartford, a sleek contemporary boutique hotel, located near upscale Blue Back Square. Pamela Wright,, "Wit and wisdom in West Hartford," 3 July 2019 Where to Stay The Woodlark Hotel, one of Portland’s newest boutique hotels, is the perfect base for a long, stylish weekend. Sarah Rubin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Eat & Drink Your Way Through Portland," 3 July 2019 After the crash, Milonis continued driving to a nearby hotel, where employees called a Lyft driver for him, Evans said. Ramona Sentinel, "Trial starts in crash that killed pregnant woman," 3 July 2019

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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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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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