hotel
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /(h)əʊˈtɛl/
  • (America) enPR: hō-tĕlʹ, IPA: /hoʊˈtɛl/
Noun

hotel (plural hotels)

  1. (now, chiefly, historical) A large town house or mansion; a grand private residence, especially in France. [from 17th c.]
  2. An establishment that provides accommodation and other services for paying guests; normally larger than a guesthouse, and often one of a chain. [from 17th c.]
    • 1868, "A Clergyman" (John Morison), Australia in 1866, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=hvQNAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA165&dq=%22hotel%22|%22hotels%22+australia+OR+zealand+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2SmIT93qA-qhiAezqMDTCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22hotel%22|%22hotels%22%20australia%20OR%20zealand%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 165],
      When gold-digging commenced in California, the writer was staying at an hotel in Wellington, New Zealand, where a Yankee trader was also staying. Seated at the dining-table, the latter was discoursing of the business he was doing […] .
  3. (India) A restaurant; any dining establishment.
  4. The letter H in the ICAO spelling alphabet. [from 20th c.]
  5. The larger red property in the game of Monopoly, in contradistinction to houses.
  6. The guest accommodation and dining section of a cruise ship.
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