What does motel mean?

Definitions for motel
moʊˈtɛlmo·tel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. motelnoun

    a motor hotel

Wiktionary

  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

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

  2. motelnoun

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

    motel sign

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

  3. motelnoun

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

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

  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.

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

  5. moteladjective

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

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

  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.

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

Freebase

  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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  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. Taney County prosecutor Jeffrey Merrell:

    My understanding is that this was an extended stay motel and that this was a temporary living arrangement.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Esteban Flores:

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

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