mo·​tel mō-ˈtel How to pronounce motel (audio)
: 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 Maui's Resilience: The island's path to recovery FEMA reports that about 5,800 survivors of the tragedy are currently staying in hotels and motels funded by the organization in coordination with state partners and the American Red Cross, while the state's Air B&B program is also housing survivors. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 8 Sep. 2023 State officials are increasingly turning to hotels and motels, where more than 2,400 families are now being housed. Samantha J. Gross,, 7 Sep. 2023 Hotels on Mount Desert Island get so busy that even budget-friendly inns and motels without any amenities can cost upwards of $300 per night. Erinne Magee, Travel + Leisure, 31 Aug. 2023 From Conrad going through all the emotions after seeing Jeremiah and Belly kiss, to the emotional motel scene. Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Aug. 2023 All About the Real Locations Behind Cousins Beach That said, Belly and Conrad didn’t get a happy ending, and their emotional goodbye in the motel room at the end of season 2 was a pivotal moment from the books Han wanted to get right. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2023 Local accommodations include full-service beachfront luxury resorts (like Anderson Ocean Resort & Spa), oceanfront hotels, cozy beach homes, motels, condo, and even campgrounds. Janece Maze, Country Living, 11 Aug. 2023 Especially known for prostitution is a stretch of about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) close to the city’s northern limit that is flanked by home-improvement stores, single-story businesses, strip malls and cheap motels. Gene Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2023 While driving home from Brown, Conrad, Belly, and Jeremiah are forced to spend the night at a motel when a storm breaks and the highway shuts down. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 18 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


blend of motor and hotel

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motel was in 1925

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Cite this Entry

“Motel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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mo·​tel mō-ˈtel How to pronounce motel (audio)
: a building or group of buildings which provide lodgings and in which the rooms are usually reached directly from an outdoor parking lot
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