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 May, 17 women and 18 men across metro Detroit were hauled out of hotels and motels as part of the same operation. Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Warren police: 46 people arrested in human trafficking, prostitution bust," 20 Dec. 2019 Loge Camps Loge Camps is a small chain that buys old hotels and motels and renovates them into hipper spaces. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, "8 Crazy Affordable Ski Hostels in the U.S. and Canada," 16 Dec. 2019 The three-way agreement has been in place since 2001, funded through taxes on vehicle rentals and rentals of rooms in hotels, motels and Airbnb-style options. oregonlive, "Multnomah County OKs using tourism money to help fund homeless services, Veterans Memorial Coliseum renovations," 6 Dec. 2019 As part of Colfax’s storied past, before Interstate 70 was built through Denver, the avenue, also known as U.S. 40, carried cross-country travelers who patronized hotels, motels, eateries and other businesses along the strip. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Two Lakewood public art pieces — neon towers at Colfax and Sheridan — getting makeover," 5 Dec. 2019 That leaves out the families who double up with relatives or stay in weekly hotels and motels, most of whom work but can never save enough for the security and utility deposits necessary to move into an apartment. Kate Santich,, "Osceola calls for homeless commission to help families," 21 Nov. 2019 The budget allocates $650 million to local governments to build shelters, offer rental assistance and convert hotels and motels to temporary or permanent housing. Fox News, "Homeless crisis has California city considering pop-up shelters to house growing population," 20 Nov. 2019 Some pointed specifically to the hotels and motels in the area, including a Comfort Inn and a Days Inn, where a shooting took place in early September. Cody Boteler,, "Roads, motels and parking: Community outlines concerns for redevelopment at Loch Raven Boulevard and Joppa Road," 15 Oct. 2019 According to the bill, the establishments affected include hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfast inns and vacation rentals. Rachel Desantis,, "California Hotels Are Now Banned from Giving Guests Small Plastic Bottles," 10 Oct. 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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Motel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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How to pronounce motel (audio)

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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