motel

noun
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 Authorities located the 39-year-old suspect in a second-floor room on the back side of the motel. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 7 Apr. 2022 Police made the grisly discovery near a trash bin at the back of the motel. Sarah Nelson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 Police made the grisly discovery near a trash bin at the back of the motel. Sarah Nelson, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 Police made the grisly discovery near a trash bin at the back of the motel. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2022 Investigators conducting surveillance of the motel noticed a man cleaning the interior of the Taurus in the parking lot and stopped him. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 16 Mar. 2022 Without an income, Taylor had no choice but to move out of the motel and into a tent behind the dumpster of the local doughnut shop. Elizabeth Yuko, Rolling Stone, 25 Feb. 2022 One that comes to mind is in Channing's most dramatic scene when his character is having a seizure on the floor of a motel. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 19 Feb. 2022 According to the documents, the suspect allegedly assaulted someone on Jan. 12 at 171 W. 500 South, minutes from the location of the motel he was found in Friday. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'motel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of motel

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for motel

blend of motor and hotel

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best travel backpacks.

Learn More About motel

Dictionary Entries Near motel

moted

motel

motet

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for motel

Last Updated

22 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Motel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motel. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for motel

motel

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

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Color

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!