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chalet

[sha-ley, shal-ey; French shah-le]
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noun, plural cha·lets [sha-leyz, shal-eyz; French shah-le] /ʃæˈleɪz, ˈʃæl eɪz; French ʃɑˈlɛ/.
  1. a herdsman's hut in the Swiss Alps.
  2. a kind of farmhouse, low and with wide eaves, common in Alpine regions.
  3. any cottage, house, ski lodge, etc., built in this style.
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Origin of chalet

1810–20; < French, SwissF, equivalent to *chale shelter (cognate with Old Provençal cala cove1) + -et -et
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  • You did not tell me this when you came up to the chalet last night, and sent for me.

    The Crystal Hunters

    George Manville Fenn

  • Nonsense: you must eat, for we have a long journey back to the chalet.

    The Crystal Hunters

    George Manville Fenn

  • I fell an easy victim to the obituary editor that first evening in the chalet.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller

  • I remember he came an evening, soon after my arrival at the chalet, when dinner was late.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller

  • John Trumbull came to dine with us at the chalet the evening of my arrival.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller


British Dictionary definitions for chalet

chalet

noun
  1. a type of wooden house of Swiss origin, typically low, with wide projecting eaves
  2. a similar house used esp as a ski lodge, garden house, etc
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Word Origin

C19: from French (Swiss dialect)
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Word Origin and History for chalet

n.

1782, from Swiss-French chalet "herdsman's hut, Alpine cottage," probably a diminutive of Old French chasel "farmhouse, house, abode, hut," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *casalis "belonging to a house," from Latin casa "house;" or from Old Provençal cala "small shelter for ships," from a pre-Latin language [Barnhart].

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