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

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My husband pulled the parking brake and slid into the parking lot of a crumbling motel, stopping just shy of hitting its sign. Maura Judkis, Twin Cities, "A dozen stress-relief snacks, tinctures and teas later, and she’s still anxious," 3 Aug. 2019 Officers stood in front of the motel, at times walking in and out of the street entrance to the parking lot. Alice Yin,, "Man, 19, killed, another wounded in Fernwood shooting," 3 Aug. 2019 Without stable housing, the family of eight has been living in and out of motels for the past three years. Erica Hellerstein, The Mercury News, "How an unassuming window in San Jose fills a crucial need for the homeless," 29 July 2019 That night, a woman's pregnant body was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds in a northwest Houston motel. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Spate of gun violence leaves nine dead, eight wounded in 'unusually violent' weekend in Houston," 5 Aug. 2019 The women have criticized the league for putting them up in fleabag motels — literally. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: Is there a path to pro women’s soccer in Colorado?," 12 July 2019 But this official figure may be a severe underestimate, since homeless children temporarily staying with friends, family or in motels are excluded from the point-in-time count. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and," 22 June 2018 Brown, now 31, ran away from her adoptive family at 16 and lived in a motel with a pimp who raped her and forced her into prostitution, according to court documents. Christine Hauser,, "Trafficking Victim Is Freed From Prison in Tennessee," 7 Aug. 2019 Nor is the body count all that high, despite the gratuitous shooting of an unnamed motel clerk, who reminds us all the risks one takes when stepping outside to check on a gunfight. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Movie review: Frank Grillo action yarn 'Into the Ashes' burns slowly and fizzles out early," 15 July 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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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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