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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

  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

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  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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Numerology

  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. Stephanie Meeks:

    This year's list is our most diverse ever, and reflects our commitment to recognizing and preserving all the facets of our diverse history, from the LGBTQ history of the Factory in California to the Cuban-American heritage of Miami's Little Havana to the civil rights legacy of the A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, these sites tell American stories that have been overlooked for too long.

  2. Scott C. Holstad:

    They closed the transient 5th Avenue Motel and now where will they go? They came from all over to stay for a night or a month or whatever they could afford, however they can afford it – and now it’s gone, broken windows boarded up, chain link fence surrounding it like it’s a dog with scurvy. The transient hotel drained pale, pissing in an empty ashtray.

  3. Irwin Redlener:

    It's an extremely makeshift, temporary answer to a very complex problem, it doesn't work for long, living in a motel, especially a crowded motel. It is a terrible situation for a young child.

  4. Natalie Wood:

    Oh goodness, if I was n’t able to touch [ that money ], I would n’t have electricity, water, or a roof over my head, but you know, the thing a lot of us forget, Natalie Wood 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.

  5. 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.

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