- a herdsman's hut in the Swiss Alps.
- a kind of farmhouse, low and with wide eaves, common in Alpine regions.
- any cottage, house, ski lodge, etc., built in this style.
Origin of chalet
Examples from the Web for chalet
One lady claimed she had a “magical connection” to Harry after a video of Blondie played in a Swiss chalet she was staying in.The Cult of Blondie: Debbie Harry’s Very Special New York Picture Show
October 1, 2014
Walking past a chalet on the way home, I heard the moaning of people humping.My Parents' Brothel
December 6, 2009
It is, in part, that authorities could have discreetly arrested Polanski at the chalet he owns in Gstaad.The End of Swiss Discretion
October 1, 2009
You did not tell me this when you came up to the chalet last night, and sent for me.
Nonsense: you must eat, for we have a long journey back to the chalet.
I remember he came an evening, soon after my arrival at the chalet, when dinner was late.
I fell an easy victim to the obituary editor that first evening in the chalet.
John Trumbull came to dine with us at the chalet the evening of my arrival.
- a type of wooden house of Swiss origin, typically low, with wide projecting eaves
- a similar house used esp as a ski lodge, garden house, etc
Word Origin and History for chalet
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].