Motel definition

mō-tĕl
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An establishment that provides lodging for motorists in rooms usually having direct access to an open parking area.
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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.

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Characterized by an anonymous, temporary nature, as motel sex.
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(as a modifier; used attributively) Of architecture, interior design, etc, in the style of a motel; identical and anonymous.
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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.
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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.
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A hotel intended primarily for those traveling by car, usually with easy access from each room to a parking area.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
motel
Plural:
motels

Origin of motel

  • Blend of motor hotel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Blend of motor and hotel, from the original Motel Inn of San Luis Obispo, established in 1925 by Arthur Heinman

    From Wiktionary