Definition of motel
: an establishment which provides lodging and parking and in which the rooms are usually accessible from an outdoor parking area
Recent Examples of motel from the Web
A cafe and motel offered separately by another couple failed to sell after a few bids.
There is never a shortage of troubled souls taking shelter at Las Vegas Trail’s string of motels, including the infamous Knights Inn.
Federal prosecutors said Howard Hammer, 45, of New Milford, drove a group of outlaw bikers to a motel in New Milford where the bikers nearly killed the unidentified victim in January 2016.
The churches and other neighbors had complained for years about problems associated with the motels.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is cutting off a program that paid for thousands of Louisiana families to stay in hotels and motels after last summer's historic flooding.
Sacramento-area motel and hotel operators, who have been seeing strong demand for rooms over the past couple of years, have started 2017 on a similarly robust note, according to the latest report from CBRE Hotels in San Francisco.
An early morning Memorial Day shooting at a north Charlotte motel has left one man dead.
Starting Thursday, an 8 percent hotel and motel tax will be added to the cost of Airbnb rentals in the village, according to the home-sharing business and Schaumburg officials.
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Origin and Etymology of motel
blend of motor and hotel
First Known Use: 1925See Words from the same year
MOTEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of motel for English Language Learners
: a place that is next to a road and that has rooms for people to stay in especially when they are traveling by car
MOTEL Defined for Kids
Definition of motel for Students
: 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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