ho·​te·​lier hō-ˈtel-yər How to pronounce hotelier (audio)
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: a proprietor or manager of a hotel

Examples of hotelier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now the wealthy hotelier who operates Key West’s cruise ship port is doubling down, asking the state for permission to expand, which would allow bigger ships with more passengers to operate legally out of the port. Frances Robles, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023 The glamorous hotelier had fallen for Manapany, a once-upon-a-time chic spot on its sleepy north shore, on family trips. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Nov. 2023 Beyond safe haven, the Borscht Belt hoteliers put on a range of music and entertainment; their most notable contribution to American culture, however, was comedy. Michele Herrmann, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 However, as a much smaller company than its competitors, Johnson said that Hyatt has created a more collaborative approach to working with boutique hoteliers (or soon-to-be hoteliers). Chris Dong, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2023 As a hotelier, Fritz was tuned into the phenomenon of Indians coming to the Alps in droves. Rick Steves, Chicago Tribune, 11 July 2023 Dating back to 1900, the castle was intended to be a summer retreat for millionaire hotelier George C. Boldt and his wife. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 10 Aug. 2023 In 1899, hotelier André Morel has a dream of turning his establishment into a palace accessible for the entire winter season. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 18 Oct. 2023 Formerly called the Grand Hotel Bellagio, the luxurious resort has been known as a wine and food destination since being acquired by Swiss hotelier Arturo Bucher in 1918. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French hôtelier, going back to Old French ostelier, hostelier "innkeeper," from ostel, hostel "lodgings, hotel entry 1" + -ier -er entry 2

Note: Cf. hosteler, hostler, ultimately borrowed from Anglo-Norman counterparts to the continental Old French word.

First Known Use

circa 1738, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hotelier was circa 1738

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“Hotelier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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