mo·​tel | \ mō-ˈtel \

Definition of motel

: an establishment which provides lodging and parking and in which the rooms are usually accessible from an outdoor parking area

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Wednesday morning, deputies were called to the motel on Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway after a worker found Thompson, 38, and Freebold, 34, shot to death, Gibson said. Michael Williams,, "Man arrested after pair found shot to death in Osceola motel," 8 Mar. 2018 Police said the 21-year-old student was forced into a car on the Monroe Community College campus, driven to a motel and assaulted. azcentral, "3 Phoenix men suspected of kidnapping a New York college student," 29 June 2018 Officials said police were called to the motel at 7580 Colerain Ave, 306 times since 2014 and there were 75 emergency medical runs in that same period. Jennie Key,, "Colerain plan takes down 'blighted' motel," 25 June 2018 When the team's headquarters were on Forest Lane and Abrams in Dallas from 1967 to 1984, the practice fields were next to a motel. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Want to spy on America's Team? The Cowboys make it easy," 30 May 2018 He was arrested after an Olathe police detective tracked him to a motel in Independence. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Police find ATM skimming devices at KC area QuikTrips. Then they find their suspect | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 The driver said he was lost and showed the directions on his GPS that was leading to a motel. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To,, "Passenger arrested for outstanding warrant: Middleburg Heights police blotter," 5 Apr. 2018 It's been 50 years since King's slaying, but this marks the first time the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Ambassador Andrew Young have been back to the motel together. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "'A wound that remains raw'," 3 Apr. 2018 At the beginning of their journey, viewers choose their own adventure and pick one of three tracks in the motel, leaving their interactions a surprise. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "The Cultural Guide to Avoiding Art Basel This Year," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of motel

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for motel

blend of motor and hotel

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The first known use of motel was in 1925

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English Language Learners Definition of motel

: a place that is next to a road and that has rooms for people to stay in especially when they are traveling by car


mo·​tel | \ mō-ˈtel \

Kids Definition of motel

: a building or group of buildings for travelers to stay in which the rooms are usually reached directly from an outdoor parking area

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