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 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 When her hotel closed last year, Namyalo was behind on her cable and electricity bills with just $700 left in her bank account. Washington Post, "Tourists are beginning to return to D.C. But the industry’s employees are still struggling.," 2 Apr. 2021 Checking into their hotel, the Grands noticed everyone was there for the same purpose. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stephen Grand, name donor for the Family House at UCSF Mission Bay campus, dies at 77," 1 Apr. 2021 But despite her hotel’s popularity, Nazimova quickly found herself again in dire financial straits. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 31 Mar. 2021 He wasn’t taken to a local hospital, but back to his hotel. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Gonzaga-USC was best game ever -- referee Bert Smith got to hear ovation of a lifetime," 31 Mar. 2021 Smith instead returned to his hotel, the TBS broadcast said. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky resident Bert Smith, referee who collapsed in NCAA game, is 'alert and stable'," 31 Mar. 2021 My hotel is near the site of the trial, which stands silent with no one near it. Charles M. Blow New York Times, Star Tribune, "On hallowed ground: The substance of George Floyd Square," 29 Mar. 2021 About three dozen members of his extended family, including his stepgrandmother, joined him at his hotel for dinner around long banquet tables. New York Times, "Sarah Onyango Obama, Ex-President’s Stepgrandmother, Dies at 99," 29 Mar. 2021 As the day winds down, return to your hotel to change for dinner. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, "Dreamy Beaches, Hidden Coves, and Idyllic Seaside Towns Await on This Secret Island Escape in Italy," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Hotel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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