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chalet

[ sha-ley, shal-ey; French shah-le ]
/ ʃæˈleɪ, ˈʃæl eɪ; French ʃɑˈlɛ /
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noun, plural cha·lets [sha-leyz, shal-eyz; French shah-le]. /ʃæˈleɪz, ˈʃæl eɪz; French ʃɑˈlɛ/.

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.

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Origin of chalet

1810–20; <French, SwissF, equivalent to *chale shelter (cognate with Old Provençal calacove1) + -et-et
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British Dictionary definitions for chalet

chalet
/ (ˈʃæleɪ, French ʃalɛ) /

noun

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
C19: from French (Swiss dialect)
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