ho·​tel | \ hō-ˈtel How to pronounce hotel (audio) , ˈhō-ˌtel \

Definition of hotel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an establishment that provides lodging and usually meals, entertainment, and various personal services for the public : inn


communications code word

Definition of Hotel (Entry 2 of 2)

used as a code word for the letter h

Other Words from hotel


hoteldom \ hō-​ˈtel-​dəm How to pronounce hotel (audio) , ˈhō-​ˌtel-​ \ noun

Examples of hotel in a Sentence

Noun check out of a hotel for their 50th anniversary they stayed at one of the finest hotels in San Francisco
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Elsewhere on Rehoboth Avenue, a motel is being renovated into a boutique hotel. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2022 Our day started early with breakfast at the stunning Tambo del Inka, a luxury hotel run by Marriott in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Megan Dubois, Chron, 20 Sep. 2022 Julie and her mother Rosalind (both played by Swinton) travel to a grand country hotel in Wales for a getaway. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2022 Adding a hotel to the neighborhood would only aggravate the traffic headaches, opponents say. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 Just a five-minute walk from Wellington Arch once stood another of the Queen's childhood homes, however the building was bombed in World War II and rebuilt as a hotel. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2022 Tracked to a Middletown hotel, Brown was arrested after jumping from a first-floor window, dropping a handgun, police said. Fox News, 19 Sep. 2022 In March 2020, a quarantine hotel in the southeastern Chinese city of Quanzhou collapsed, killing 29 close contacts of infected patients. Cao Li, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2022 Seventeen cats that were in a pet hotel were killed after a fire broke out at a strip mall in a Los Angeles neighborhood on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Teddy Grant, ABC News, 18 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hotel


1687, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hotel


borrowed from French hôtel, going back to Old French hostel, ostel "lodging, accommodation" — more at hostel entry 1

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22 Sep 2022

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“Hotel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for hotel


ho·​tel | \ hō-ˈtel How to pronounce hotel (audio) \

Kids Definition of hotel

: a place that provides lodging and meals for the public : inn

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