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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. Trooper Entertainment -RRB- Fanciulli:

    I think the women were still in a motel in Lakewood, they certainly knew what was going on. And I think they lived in fear. They lived in fear of these two guys, and they would n’t dare cross them. It’s that simple.

  2. Bob Buehner:

    It didn't seem like there was any overall game plan that made sense in terms of a systematic investigation, one of the things I'd asked them to do from the first couple weeks is now impossible to do -- to do a hotel-motel canvas looking for the mystery woman seen with Ray and then match the names with photo IDs which police have access to.

  3. Bob Buehner:

    One of the things I'd asked them to do from the first couple weeks is now impossible to do -- to do a hotel-motel canvas looking for the mystery woman seen with Ray and then match the names with photo IDs which police have access to.

  4. Tom Voss:

    The tip amount should be based on a variety of variables including type of hotel — luxury vs. motel — cost of room, length of stay, degree that the guest communicates with the housekeeper and overall performance and satisfaction, hotel housekeepers work hard and are often paid little, so if the guest is satisfied, it is fashionable to tip.

  5. Ingrid Weir:

    I used to dream of a week-long beach vacation with white sand under my toes... right now, I'd settle for 48 hours at a Motel 6 with some Lysol and a UV lamp.

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