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 On the way to the motel, an officer saw the truck at Speedway. cleveland, 21 Oct. 2021 Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were called to the motel in the 2800 block of North Shadeland Avenue on reports that a person had been shot. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 Emergency teams, including Ardmore Police, were dispatched to a motel in northwest Ardmore Friday to assist with a medical call. Wulf James-roby, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 When Murray demanded his brother be put up somewhere, health officials moved William to a motel, then to a campground where he was flanked by positive cases. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 She got involved after seeing her community of Miroco — about 50 homes located north of Newport — transform from a quiet neighborhood to a vacation destination more akin to a motel. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2021 Law enforcement returned to the motel and saw the same man who was seen in the earlier hand-to-hand transaction exit a room with a backpack and several bags to the same pickup truck, according to the plea. Cameron Goodnight,, 23 July 2021 The department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team responded to the motel to render the device safe. Carol Robinson |, al, 19 July 2021 The boy's body was later taken to the motel where he was found. Christine Pelisek,, 9 July 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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“Motel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 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


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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