Etymology
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hotel (n.)

1640s, "public official residence; large private residence," from French hôtel "a mansion, palace, large house," from Old French ostel, hostel "a lodging" (see hostel). Modern sense of "an inn of the better sort" is first recorded 1765. The same word as hospital.

updated on September 08, 2015

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Definitions of hotel from WordNet

hotel (n.)
a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services;
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