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Pronunciation: /həʊˈtɛl

Definition of hotel in English:


1An establishment providing accommodation, meals, and other services for travellers and tourists, by the night: a five-star hotel [as modifier]: a hotel room
More example sentences
  • He instead spent a couple of nights in a Frankfurt hotel room when nobody showed up to greet him at the other end.
  • It has many of the trappings of a five-star hotel, but the service can be a bit patchy.
  • The hotel staff would tell tourists how great it was and the tourists would want to go.
motel, boarding house, guest house, lodge, bed and breakfast, B&B, hostel;
aparthotel, boatel;
Frenchpension, auberge;
Spanishparador, posada;
1.1chiefly Australian /NZ A pub.
Example sentences
  • Welcome to the Agincourt Hotel, the first truly carbon neutral pub in Australia.
2A code word representing the letter H, used in radio communication.
Example sentences
  • In NATO phonetic alphabet: G is Golf, H is Hotel, and L is Lima.
  • HAL is Hotel, Alpha, Lima.


mid 18th century: from French hôtel, from Old French hostel (see hostel).


The normal pronunciation of hotel sounds the h-, which means that the preceding indefinite article is a. However, the older pronunciation without the h- is still occasionally heard, and leads to the preceding indefinite article being an rather than a. For a discussion of this, see an (usage).

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