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

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About 1,000 of Marriott’s hotels have made the switch, and reaction from guests has very positive, the company said. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Marriott says it’s done with tiny, plastic toiletry bottles," 28 Aug. 2019 Joan was born in Windsor, England, on March 28, 1925, to Constance and John Hayter, the manager of a series of hotels in England, including for many years the Blossoms Hotel in Chester., "Joan E. Martin," 27 Aug. 2019 The biggest hotel in the state today is 1,501-room Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Ballerina statues exit as downtown Denver Sheraton gets started on $80 million makeover," 27 Aug. 2019 Staff for Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, Harris, Klobuchar, and Sanders have also told CBS News that their campaigns have steered clear of all Station Casinos properties in Las Vegas, which has no shortage of hotels. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "2020 Democrats hope powerful Nevada union can help serve them a win," 23 Aug. 2019 During the first two weeks of August each year, the hotel is home base for the Georgia football team’s preseason camp. Ross Dellenger,, "Behind the Scenes as SEC Refs Get a Unique Primer at Georgia Camp," 22 Aug. 2019 For example, Justice had urged officials in Greenbrier County, where the hotel is a major employer, to earmark local tax dollars for improvement projects at the luxury resort, including a ski area. Ken Ward Jr., ProPublica, "Lawmakers Call for Ethics Reform to Deal With Billionaire Resort-Owning Governor," 21 Aug. 2019 Any variation of water sports one can think of is going to be on offer, and one fellow hotel guest reported a wonderful fishing experience. Timothy Schnupp,, "Zihuatanejo hotel proves ideal place to do a whole lot of nothing," 20 Aug. 2019 All hotel guests had been forewarned there would be a drill, and certain areas were blocked off with yellow police tape. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Training for terror: San Diego police stage active-shooter drill at downtown high-rise," 17 Aug. 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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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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