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[hoh-tel] /hoʊˈtɛl/

a commercial establishment offering lodging to travelers and sometimes to permanent residents, and often having restaurants, meeting rooms, stores, etc., that are available to the general public.
(initial capital letter) Military. the NATO name for a class of nuclear-powered Soviet ballistic missile submarine armed with up to six single-warhead missiles.
a word used in communications to represent the letter H.
a commercially run establishment providing lodging and usually meals for guests, and often containing a public bar
(communications) a code word for the letter h

1640s, “public official residence,” from French hôtel, Old French hostel “a lodging” (11c.), from Medieval Latin hospitale “inn” (see hostel). Modern sense of “an inn of the better sort” is first recorded 1765.


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  • Hotel-de-ville

    [oh-tel duh veel] /oʊˈtɛl də ˈvil/ noun, plural hôtels de ville [oh-tel duh veel] /oʊˈtɛl də ˈvil/ (Show IPA). French. 1. a city hall.

  • Hotel-dieu

    [oh-tel-dyœ] /oʊ tɛlˈdyœ/ noun, plural hôtels-Dieu [oh-tel-dyœ] /oʊ tɛlˈdyœ/ (Show IPA). French. 1. a hospital.

  • Hotelier

    [oh-tuh l-yey, hoht-l-eer] /ˌoʊ təlˈyeɪ, ˌhoʊt lˈɪər/ noun 1. a manager or owner of a hotel or inn. /həʊˈtɛljeɪ/ noun 1. an owner or manager of one or more hotels n. 1905, from French hôtelier “hotelkeeper,” Old French hostelier, from hostel (see hostel).

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