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[hoh-tel] /hoʊˈtɛl/
a commercial establishment offering lodging to travelers and sometimes to permanent residents, and often having restaurants, meeting rooms, stores, etc., that are available to the general public.
(initial capital letter) Military. the NATO name for a class of nuclear-powered Soviet ballistic missile submarine armed with up to six single-warhead missiles.
a word used in communications to represent the letter H.
1635-45; < French hôtel, Old French hostel hostel
Related forms
hotelless, adjective
Can be confused
hostel, hotel, motel (see synonym study at the current entry)
1. hostelry, hostel, guesthouse, motel. Hotel, house, inn, tavern refer to establishments for the lodging or entertainment of travelers and others. Hotel is the common word, suggesting a more or less commodious establishment with up-to-date appointments, although this is not necessarily true: the best hotel in the city; a cheap hotel near the docks. The word house is often used in the name of a particular hotel, the connotation being wealth and luxury: the Parker House; the Palmer House. Inn suggests a place of homelike comfort and old-time appearance or ways; it is used for quaint or archaic effect in the names of some public houses and hotels in the U.S.: the Pickwick Inn; the Wayside Inn. A tavern, like the English public house, is a house where liquor is sold for drinking on the premises; until recently it was archaic or dialectal in the U.S., but has been revived to substitute for saloon, which had unfavorable connotations: Taverns are required to close by two o'clock in the morning. The word has also been used in the sense of inn, especially in New England, ever since Colonial days: Wiggins Tavern. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hotels
  • Some hotels offer special arrangements or activities due to these years.
  • There are also private beaches that are dedicated only to the guests of some hotels.
  • On this day everyone stays at home and tourists are encouraged to remain in their hotels.
  • Bedbugs thrive in places with high occupancy, such as hotels.
  • There are still beautiful buildings, several hotels from past centuries in particular.
  • The city contains hundreds of hotels, resorts, motels and backpackers hostels.
  • There are many hotels and bed & breakfasts, especially on moonstone beach drive.
  • Many of the hotels are timeshare condominiums with kitchen facilities.
  • These carpets are normally found in the contract market such as hotels etc.
  • Former administrative buildings and modern hotels populate the area.
British Dictionary definitions for hotels


a commercially run establishment providing lodging and usually meals for guests, and often containing a public bar
Word Origin
C17: from French hôtel, from Old French hostel; see hostel


(communications) a code word for the letter h
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Word Origin and History for hotels



1640s, "public official residence," from French hôtel, Old French hostel "a lodging" (11c.), from Medieval Latin hospitale "inn" (see hostel). Modern sense of "an inn of the better sort" is first recorded 1765.

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