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 The bases employ 2,700 locals and tens of thousands indirectly, from hotel-owners to parts suppliers. The Economist, "Going home Donald Trump’s baffling proposal to withdraw troops from Germany," 27 June 2020 Because of lower rates and fewer convention-goers, revenue from hotel occupancy taxes could bounce back in five years. Madison Iszler,, "Report: San Antonio’s hotel industry may take years to recover," 26 June 2020 Poulson indicated Fields could quarantine at an Anchorage hotel where Fields' daughter worked. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge dismisses contempt case alleging Alaska quarantine break by newly released inmate," 26 June 2020 Armed police responded to the Park Inn Hotel amid reports of a multiple stabbing at a hotel housing asylum seekers. Stephen Mcilkenny, USA TODAY, "Suspect shot, police officer among 6 injured in stabbing incident near Glasgow hotel, police say," 26 June 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, "Get $20 off at Amazon when using an American Express card," 25 June 2020 Most of the commercial property loan delinquencies are for hotel and retail properties – the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "More D-FW commercial property loans headed to default," 25 June 2020 The Bollinger Tower building is going to become a luxury hotel. Hanif Abdurraqib, The New Yorker, "The Vanishing Monuments of Columbus, Ohio," 24 June 2020 The nomination form states that the building was expanded in 1911 due to a rising demand for hotel space in Phoenix. Emilly Davis, The Arizona Republic, "Historic downtown Phoenix Steinegger Lodging House building to be demolished," 24 June 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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hotel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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