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 The other lodging choices, which include motel rooms, studio units, cabins (modern or rustic) and a Jacuzzi suite, are a bit outdated, but do the job especially if your goal is to get out on the slopes and enjoy the winter snow. Gerry Frank | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 1 Jan. 2022 Higginbotham was held captive by one of them for five months in a series of Florida motel rooms. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 William lives out of nondescript motel rooms and spends endless days and nights at poker and blackjack tables to keep his demons at bay. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Oct. 2021 About 543 of the 881 households in motel rooms will reach their 84-day limit Wednesday, advocates said at a Montpelier press conference. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Andino allegedly barricaded himself inside one of the motel rooms, prompting a SWAT team response. Kyler Alvord,, 9 Sep. 2021 In his scuzzy motel rooms, Tell wraps every piece of furniture — the lamps, the desks, the bed — in white cloths. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 The 10 motel rooms offered to guests have been filled since April 2020. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Aug. 2021 The voucher program served 115 clients from April 13 through Aug. 1, and at the time 32 people remained in motel rooms and 38 had moved to longer-term housing. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Motel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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mo·​tel | \ mō-ˈtel How to pronounce motel (audio) \

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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