Origin of motelmo(tor) + (ho)tel: coined (1925) by A. S. Heineman, United States architect, for an inn in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
A modern motel.
The definition of a motel is a convenient, temporary sleeping place for people traveling by car.
An example of a motel is a Super 8.
a hotel intended primarily for those traveling by car, usually with easy access from each room to a parking area
An establishment that provides lodging for motorists in rooms usually having direct access to an open parking area. Also called motor lodge .
Origin of motelBlend of motor hotel
- A lodging establishment typically featuring a series of rooms whose entrance is immediately adjacent to a parking lot, as might facilitate easy access to one's automobile during an overnight stay, particularly located near a major highway.
- (as a modifier; used attributively) Of architecture, interior design, etc, in the style of a motel; identical and anonymous.
- Any of several architectural or interior design styles associated with motels, such as "identicalness", "anonymity", or any other perceived attribute of motels, particularly as differentiated from hotels.
- Characterized by an anonymous, temporary nature, as motel sex.
- Property owned by a motel, as "motel towel", "motel ashtray", possibly imprinted or embroidered with the name of the establishment, frequently appropriated by tourists as a souvenir.
- He picked out a motel room key.
- We were surprised to learn he was staying in a motel and not with his mother's present husband.
- We splurged for a motel room in Peabody, a few miles from the LeBlanc's home.
- Cautiously, I stepped outside the motel room door, closing it behind me.
- After turning the knob once to confirm it was locked, he paused, somewhat unsteadily, and glanced across the motel parking lot.