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

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Soon after, Cochran visited Rev. Brooks on the motel rooftop. Jason Meisner,, "Ex-Ald. Willie Cochran looted ward's charity fund, took to roof for $5,000 loan from pastor: prosecutors," 14 June 2019 The owners of Briarwood Suites on Southeast Powell Boulevard, a 16,908-square-foot motel built in 1991, offered the space to the Joint Office after a call for suitable accommodations., "Salvation Army homeless shelter closes in restructuring of Portland shelter system," 12 June 2019 The next day he was gunned down on a motel balcony. Wendi C. Thomas, National Geographic, "Where the Streets Have MLK's Name," 12 June 2019 Buffalo Joe’s Eatery and Saloon, in Dupuyer, has amazing burgers and a friendly eight-room motel around back. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 On Christmas Eve 1961 on a tour stop in Jacksonville, Fla., Rebennack and pianist Ronnie Barron got involved in a scuffle with a motel owner, and the guitarist was shot in his fretting hand, nearly severing the ring finger on his fretting hand. Chris Morris, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dr. John, New Orleans music icon, dies at 77," 6 June 2019 Officials say the couple slowly starved Eduardo to death in a Bloomington, Indiana, motel. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A 12-year-old boy who was starved, chained and kept in a dog collar died. His mother never knew he left the state," 4 June 2019 Police say a video on the father's phone showed Eduardo in a motel bathtub with his hands and feet bound. Chicago Tribune, Post-Tribune, "State briefs," 3 June 2019 On the day of the murder, Godejohn traveled to Missouri, checked into a motel, and waited for Gypsy to text him after Dee Dee went to bed. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Nicholas Godejohn? Gypsy Blanchard's Boyfriend Plays a Key Role in The Act," 2 May 2019

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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