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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Proves that a simple story – poor, unemployed, very young grandmother tries to raise her daughter’s daughter in a low-rent motel room in the shadow of Disney World – can be effective. Paul Daugherty,, "Daugherty's Morning Line: Do you really want your players in the MLB All-Star Game?," 9 July 2018 When Shields gets the keys to that motel room, Rios breaks down. Benjamin Oreskes,, "Many people work hard to avoid the homeless. These volunteers embrace them," 7 June 2018 Funding for the grants comes from the county’s 6 percent tax on hotel and motel room rentals implemented by Harford County Executive Barry Glassman in March 2015. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Harford announces latest tourism grants funded by room tax," 31 May 2018 In time for HemisFair ’68, brothers Sam and Philip Barshop used $45,000 in borrowed money to launch their first La Quinta — some of the first motels to target corporate travelers. Jennifer Hiller, San Antonio Express-News, "What started at HemisFair changed the city and its economy," 1 Apr. 2018 The new record was inspired by memories of the Jersey Shore resort town Wildwood—particularly the architecture of its 50s-era motels. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Philadelphia guitarist Nick Millevoi forges a warm, organ-stoked instrumental-rock sound infused with nostalgia," 2 Mar. 2018 The officer told her Feucht had been found dead on the floor of a Florida motel. Lisa Riordan Seville, NBC News, "Addicts who lived at Florida sober home called ‘No Drug Zone’ overdosed," 23 Jan. 2018 Maas' roommate told police that Maas never returned to their motel room. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He got 'pranked' by his girlfriend's husband — so he stabbed him to death, Texas cops say," 3 July 2018 Scattered across a small coffee table in Richard Gonzalez's motel room this week were papers to keep him from becoming homeless. Aaron Leibowitz, miamiherald, "Displaced Puerto Ricans can fly home or stay in Florida with no FEMA housing. They're staying.," 30 June 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


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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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