chalet

[sha-ley, shal-ey; French shah-le]

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 cala cove1) + -et -et
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chalet

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

Word Origin for chalet

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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