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 festivities began with the raising of the American and Chilean flags, followed at 9 a.m. by a Mass said by the Rev. Ignatius Fossier, O.S.B. at an altar erected on the grounds of the hotel., "From the Files of The Farmer," 18 Sep. 2020 The mushrooms sit on high, behind glass, above bottles of Armagnac and mezcal in a bar at the Standard hotel in Manhattan’s East Village. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Mushrooms, the Last Survivors," 18 Sep. 2020 As with the first hotel, the room had been vacant for 24 hours. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "Pop-up outhouses and advance research fuels road trips south," 18 Sep. 2020 Those employees may be among the first to return if the hotel reverses course and brings back jobs. Gabrielle Russon,, "Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is laying off 1,100 employees," 18 Sep. 2020 Unfortunately, due to the hotel's location in outer space, there aren't any restaurants within walking/floating distance. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, " Shares Design Plans for a Hotel Prototype in Outer Space and We're So Here for This," 17 Sep. 2020 Before sunrise, water was up to the doors of Jordan Muse's car outside the Pensacola hotel where her family took shelter after fleeing their mobile home a few miles away. Arkansas Online, "Hurricane Sally unleashes flooding along the Gulf Coast," 16 Sep. 2020 There’s the concierge at the hotel who takes a call instead of helping her. Lindsey Bahr,, "‘Antebellum’ review: A provocative idea about oppression that doesn’t work," 16 Sep. 2020 Before sunrise, water was up to the doors of Jordan Muse’s car outside the Pensacola hotel where her family took shelter after fleeing their mobile home a few miles away. Jay Reeves, Anchorage Daily News, "Hurricane Sally makes landfall in Alabama, unleashes flooding along Gulf Coast," 16 Sep. 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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21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hotel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 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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