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[moh-tel] /moʊˈtɛl/
a hotel providing travelers with lodging and free parking facilities, typically a roadside hotel having rooms adjacent to an outside parking area or an urban hotel offering parking within the building.
Origin of motel
1920-25; blend of motor and hotel
Can be confused
hostel, hotel, motel (see synonym study at hotel) Unabridged
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a roadside hotel for motorists, usually having direct access from each room or chalet to a parking space or garage
Word Origin
C20: from motor + hotel
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Word Origin and History for motel

1925, coined from motor- + hotel. Originally a hotel for automobile travelers.

The Milestone Interstate Corporation ... proposes to build and operate a chain of motor hotels between San Diego and Seattle, the hotels to have the name 'Motel.' ["Hotel Monthly," March 1925]

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