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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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 At a Super 8 in Orlando, there were up to 33 families staying at the motel in mid-May. Washington Post, "Housing extended for 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees," 1 July 2018 Bahr said Jane Doe 2 and two male compatriots may have been planning to rob a ``john'' that night at the motel. City News Service,, "Man who raped two at gunpoint sentenced to life term," 29 May 2018 He was pronounced dead at the motel, on the 4900 block of Reagan Drive in northeast Charlotte, police said. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "Man found dead in north Charlotte motel room. There were signs of a struggle, police say. | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 Wednesday morning, deputies were called to the motel on Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway after a worker found Thompson, 38, and Freebold, 34, shot to death, Gibson said. Michael Williams,, "Man arrested after pair found shot to death in Osceola motel," 8 Mar. 2018 Police said the 21-year-old student was forced into a car on the Monroe Community College campus, driven to a motel and assaulted. azcentral, "3 Phoenix men suspected of kidnapping a New York college student," 29 June 2018 Officials said police were called to the motel at 7580 Colerain Ave, 306 times since 2014 and there were 75 emergency medical runs in that same period. Jennie Key,, "Colerain plan takes down 'blighted' motel," 25 June 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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