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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Days away from a federal deadline on housing aid, hundreds of displaced Puerto Rican families are still living in motels nine months after Hurricane María devastated the island. Bianca Padró Ocasio,, "Vouchers for displaced Puerto Rican families expire Saturday. Here's how many are still staying in local hotels.," 26 June 2018 The encounters happened in New Jersey motels and in Davis’ police car, the Inquirer reports. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Car crash left a grandma dead — and revealed a Philadelphia cop’s ‘outrageous’ crimes | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018 After a brief attempt to evade police, he was located on motel property, according to the release. Naperville Sun, "Aurora man broke into elderly woman's home near Naperville, forced her to take him to bank: sheriff," 25 Mar. 2018 Authorities say Conditt blew himself up overnight as a SWAT team approached his SUV in a motel parking lot outside of Austin., "Austin Suspect ID'd as Mark Anthony Conditt," 21 Mar. 2018 Harbour Asset Management Head of Fixed Income Christian Hawkesby discusses Adrian Orr's rise from teen motel owner to New Zealand central bank governor. Bloomberg, "What to Expect From Incoming RBNZ Governor Orr," 20 Mar. 2018 The Colorado police officer who shot and killed a Vietnam War veteran Monday -- after the homeowner killed a naked intruder who was attacking his grandson -- was involved in another deadly motel shooting about a month ago, officials said. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Colorado cop who killed veteran defending grandson from naked intruder was involved in another deadly shooting," 2 Aug. 2018 On June 27, the cop and two other officers responded to a report of shots fired at the motel. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Colorado cop who killed veteran defending grandson from naked intruder was involved in another deadly shooting," 2 Aug. 2018 The suspect, 25-year-old Perry Bernard Rouse Jr., was found by U.S. Marshals at the motel in Harvey, Ill. and arrested without incident. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "Mount Clemens block-party murder suspect arrested at outside Chicago," 7 July 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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