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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The manager of the motel was dismissive and rude, but Blanca insisted he take her number. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, "‘Pose’ confronts the epidemic of violence against transgender women of color in an emotional episode," 10 July 2019 The motel guest called police, who looked at surveillance video and determined the body had been in the back of the pickup when the driver pulled into the parking lot. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Man finds body in bed of his pickup at Red Bird motel, Dallas police say," 10 July 2019 After the initial investigation into the domestic dispute, police said a patrol officer noticed the suspect’s car in the motel’s parking lot and obtained search and arrest warrants. Phil Davis,, "Baltimore County police identify man killed in shootout with officers who shot his girlfriend," 8 July 2019 The first focuses on the older wing of the motel, which opened in 1954. Anna Beahm |,, "Birmingham celebrates the 65th anniversary of the A.G. Gaston Motel," 1 July 2019 Father's Day for a Waukesha family turned tragic after a woman was found dead in a town of Brookfield motel, a man was found unresponsive and their 2-year-old child was wandering alone around the property. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A woman was found dead, and her child's father unresponsive at a Brookfield motel, complaint says," 20 June 2019 For decades, most of East Euclid looked like an urban wasteland of derelict lots and a couple of vacant motels. San Antonio Express-News, "Subscribe to the San Antonio Express-News," 3 Jan. 2015 Today’s Wharf, with its motels, fishing boat tours, seafood restaurants and kitschy attractions, came into existence in the 1950s. Gary Kamiya,, "San Francisco scenic treasure that locals overlook," 28 June 2019 DiPrima said first responders found the girl outside the motel with signs of physical injuries. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Death of girl, 5, found at Redford motel ruled a homicide," 26 June 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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