mo·​tel | \ mō-ˈtel How to pronounce motel (audio) \

Definition of motel

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

Examples of motel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police located Lopez at a motel on 59th and Glendale avenues, a little over a mile from the intersection where the stabbing took place. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Man suspected of killing former coworker arrested in Glendale," 1 July 2020 As of Monday, 3,781 people had been housed and the pace of hotel and motel rooms being added to the county program had come to a standstill. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, "Newsom warns of more coronavirus restrictions, enforcement ahead of July 4 holiday weekend," 30 June 2020 The museum and the two billboards advertising it are funded by hotel and motel taxes paid by visitors to unincorporated Clayton County, according to Patridge. Natasha Chen, CNN, "Georgia's 'Gone with the Wind' museums are a big tourism draw -- and that's why at least one of them is changing its exhibit," 28 June 2020 Dispatch received a late-morning call from staff at the Beachwood Inn on June 21, reporting that a man was lying on the laundry room floor at the former Super 8 motel and otherwise acting strangely. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Armed robbery victim’s story keeps changing: Orange Police Blotter," 26 June 2020 More: Michigan man accused of cannibalism sued in new case 'straight out of a horror movie' Both men were part of a group of Clemens employees living at the motel. Don Reid, Detroit Free Press, "Miami man charged in stabbing death of Texas man at Mich. motel," 16 June 2020 Detroit and state police, along with National Guardsmen, rushed inside the motel. Joe Guillen,, "From 1967 to George Floyd: Detroit activists connect the dots to fight inequality," 14 June 2020 The shooting, according to, happened about 9:30 p.m. following a call from a Super 8 motel on Highway 441. Tim Darnell, ajc, "End of watch: Alabama police officer killed Tuesday night in line of duty," 3 June 2020 The ordeal began at the Hiway Host motel on Bessemer Super Highway. Carol Robinson |, al, "2 caught, 1 sought after police chase from Bessemer to Birmingham," 18 June 2020

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Motel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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