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 longtime West Valley City resident sat recently in a Quality Inn motel room in Draper, outgoing and in good humor even though his stress levels were sky-high and his deep and easy laugh sometimes gave way to a cough. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, "How a former Utes basketball player’s eviction reveals the tough spot many renters are in during the COVID-19 pandemic," 13 Nov. 2020 For people in such households who are sick with COVID-19, the city was able to place them in a local motel to quarantine. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Arizona city uses wastewater to quarantine those infected with COVID-19," 5 Nov. 2020 On May 9, her 25-year-old son, Kendrick, was shot 13 times in a nearby motel. Washington Post, "Protesters want to defund police. Homicides and violence are spiking. In Oakland, ideology and practicality collide.," 7 Oct. 2020 Rose lives with her mother, Priscilla (Princess Punzalan), in a motel where Priscilla works as a maid. Katie Walsh,, "‘Yellow Rose’ review: Following love, loss in country music through the life of an undocumented Filipina singer," 6 Oct. 2020 For now, Cates and her kids are staying in a motel, waiting to return home, trying to process all that’s happened in the past week. Emma Pattee, Glamour, "Oregon Fires: What People Took and What They Left Behind," 14 Sep. 2020 Anyone who’s spent a night in a dingy motel knows that not all shower heads are created equal. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The best shower heads of 2020," 11 Sep. 2020 Pemberton was convicted of homicide and has been serving a prison term of six to 10 years for the killing of Jennifer Laude in a motel in Olongapo, northwest of Manila. Jim Gomez, USA TODAY, "US Marine Joseph Pemberton, convicted in 2014 murder of transgender woman Jennifer Laude, pardoned by Philippine president," 8 Sep. 2020 Turn your truck or SUV into a mobile hunting camp, and never stay in another dingy motel again Overlanding and hunting go together naturally. Outdoor Life, "How to Take Your First Overland Hunting Adventure this Fall," 15 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'motel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of motel

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for motel

blend of motor and hotel

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about motel

Time Traveler for motel

Time Traveler

The first known use of motel was in 1925

See more words from the same year

Statistics for motel

Last Updated

17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Motel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for motel


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


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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on motel

What made you want to look up motel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!