Etymology
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motel (n.)

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]

updated on September 25, 2018

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Definitions of motel from WordNet

motel (n.)
a motor hotel;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.