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 No charges were filed, but police told them to split up overnight and drove Laundrie to a hotel. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 12 Oct. 2021 Neither Petito nor Laundrie wanted to file charges against the other, but police still separated them for a night, sending Laundrie to a hotel and leaving Petito with the van. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 12 Oct. 2021 Both were cited for disorderly conduct and told not to return to the hotel. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 9 Oct. 2021 The theme park is located directly next to the hotel. Lauren Matthews, Good Housekeeping, 29 Sep. 2021 Executive chef Jeff Jackson leads the kitchen at The Lodge Torrey Pines, the home of A.R Valentien, long considered a favorite for special occasions by locals and visitors to the hotel. Michelle Gross, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Tripadvisor users are gearing up for spooktacular vacations this fall with Oct. 31 coming in as the busiest day to check in to a hotel, according to new data from the site shared with Travel + Leisure. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 27 Sep. 2021 Police determined Petito drove Laundrie to a hotel alone, advising the couple cool off for the night — a decision that Dr. Cohen says may not have been in Petito's best interests. Steve Helling,, 24 Sep. 2021 In the end, the police decided to separate the couple, having Petito remain in the van and giving Laundrie a fist bump before driving him to a hotel for the night. NBC News, 23 Sep. 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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16 Oct 2021

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“Hotel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 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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