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 In 1999, after years struggling with alcoholism and mental illness, Rother’s husband, Rich Rose, hung himself in a motel room in Mexico. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego true-crime author’s latest case: the mysterious death of Rebecca Zahau," 24 Apr. 2021 According to a probable cause affidavit, surveillance video from the incident shows Campbell arrive at the door of the motel room about 3:48 a.m. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "Super 8 motel shooting: Man charged with murder in fatal northeast side shooting," 22 Mar. 2021 Joe told me the story of being in a motel room in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "The last stories of Joe Tait, voice of the Cavaliers and a friend to so many – Terry Pluto," 11 Mar. 2021 According to Golf Digest in 1995, the golfer was living in a $400-a-month motel room and kept his clothes in his car. Ben Morse, CNN, "Moe Norman: The 'Rain Man of golf' who amazed even the greats of the sport," 6 Apr. 2021 Police conducted a welfare check at the motel room but found no sign of a kidnapping or other foul play, the station reported. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Remains of missing woman, 19, found in remote area of Siskiyou County," 3 Apr. 2021 On April 30, Joshua Barron Lewis, 30, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a Super 8 motel, San Antonio police said. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: First look at the $430M hospital UT Health San Antonio is building," 29 Mar. 2021 Cassidy Charleston was arrested a day after police found 27-year-old Cody Campbell suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the lobby of a Super 8 motel in the 7200 block of East 82nd just before 4 a.m. March 15. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "Super 8 motel shooting: Man charged with murder in fatal northeast side shooting," 22 Mar. 2021 Authorities allege that Harris was using the motel room as a place to manufacture crack cocaine from the powder form of the drug. Clifford Ward,, "Parolee arrested for using motel room to manufacture crack, officials say," 15 Mar. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Motel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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