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 Sawyer’s family packed their coolers with food and their overnight bags for a long weekend of short, supervised visits in the Lee County prison yard and nights in a budget motel, trying to keep close ties with him while he was locked up. Washington Post, "Could D.C. statehood reach all the way into the prison system?," 25 Mar. 2021 The song was released as scheduled that December, but Cooke didn’t get to see its success — he had been fatally shot in a Los Angeles motel two weeks prior. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, "Leslie Odom Jr. Finds His Power," 24 Feb. 2021 The sick were quarantined in a motel at the tribe’s expense. Globe Staff,, "The Mashpee Wampanoag had long held COVID at bay. Then, tragedy struck," 10 Feb. 2021 Within a year of that night, Sam Cooke and Malcolm X would both be killed, one in a Los Angeles motel, the other in a Harlem ballroom. New York Times, "One Night in Miami," 14 Jan. 2021 When a bar located in the motel closed, several customers tried to join the party but were denied access. cleveland, "Fight breaks out at motel: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 12 Dec. 2020 The film opens with the duo responding to a call concerning a couple in a motel. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Synchronic is a time-bending slow burn of a sci-fi thriller," 22 Nov. 2020 For most of 2008, Shawana Carter, her husband and three of her four children lived together in a motel. Dallas News, "Actor Matthew McConaughey recognizes South Dallas nonprofit for work during pandemic," 17 Nov. 2020 In his presentation, Village Administrator Evan Walter said the decline in hotel and motel as well as sales tax revenue over the last year, plus mounting pressure from police pension liabilities have impacted and will continue to impact the budget. Jesse Wright,, "Burr Ridge projects modest income gains in proposed 2021-22 budget," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Motel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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