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Princeton's WordNet

  1. motelnoun

    a motor hotel


  1. motelnoun

    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

  2. motelnoun

    (as a modifier; used attributively) Of or relating to a motel.

    motel sign

  3. motelnoun

    (as a modifier; used attributively) Of architecture, interior design, etc, in the style of a motel; identical and anonymous.

  4. moteladjective

    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.

  5. moteladjective

    characterized by an anonymous, temporary nature, as motel sex.

  6. moteladjective

    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.

  7. Etymology: from the original Motel Inn of San Luis Obispo, established in 1925 by Arthur Heinman


  1. Motel

    Motel is the fifteenth single by B'z, released on November 21, 1994. This song is one of B'z many number-one singles in Oricon chart. It sold over 1,316,000 copies according to Oricon.


  1. motel

    A motel is a type of lodging establishment, typically located along highways, offering accommodation to travelers and motorists. Rooms are usually directly accessible from the parking area for greater convenience. Motels often provide basic amenities like beds, bathrooms, and televisions. The term "motel" originates from "motor hotel".


  1. Motel

    A motor hotel, or motel for short, is a hotel designed for motorists, and usually has a parking area for motor vehicles. Entering dictionaries after World War II, the word motel, coined in 1925 as a portmanteau of motor and hotel or motorists' hotel, referred initially to a type of hotel consisting of a single building of connected rooms whose doors faced a parking lot and, in some circumstances, a common area; or a series of small cabins with common parking. Motels are often privately owned, though motel chains do exist. As the provincial highways and the United States highway system began to develop in the 1920s, long-distance road journeys became more common, and the need for inexpensive, easily accessible overnight accommodation sited close to the main routes led to the growth of the motel concept. Motels peaked in popularity in the 1960s with rising car travel, only to decline in response to competition from the newer chain hotels which became commonplace at highway interchanges as traffic was bypassed onto newly constructed freeways.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MOTEL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Motel is ranked #86314 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Motel surname appeared 216 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Motel.

    92.5% or 200 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of MOTEL in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of MOTEL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of MOTEL in a Sentence

  1. Curtis Penix:

    Rather than end my trip there, I bit the bullet and I decided to stop in at a motel and dry off and warm up, that was kind of a low point. I had tried to do this . . . just like Grandpa Joshua did. Sleeping under the stars, fording the rivers, carrying all my own food.

  2. Ken Thompson:

    SCCS is the source-code motel -- your code checks in but it never checks out.

  3. Esteban Flores:

    We don't know the motive. We know there was some type of argument at the first location, at the motel.

  4. Bob Ferguson:

    Our case continues to move forward. I still intend to hold Motel 6 accountable and uncover the whole story of their disturbing conduct.

  5. Natalie Wood:

    Oh goodness, if I wasn’t able to touch [that money], I wouldn’t have electricity, water, or a roof over my head, but you know, the thing a lot of us forget, myself included, is you put down first, last, and a security deposit and you’re in a place. But how about all the deposits necessary for water, gas, electricity — all of our things had to be put in storage. Even doing that we lost more than half of everything we owned… and finding a motel that would accept us with dogs was not easy. It was costly… We’re still coming to terms with everything, so we’re not pulled together by any stretch of the imagination, but we’re trying. I’m trying very hard to make it a home.

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