[ sha-ley, shal-ey; French shah-le ]
/ ʃæˈleɪ, ˈʃæl eɪ; French ʃɑˈlɛ /

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.


Nearby words

  1. chaldaic,
  2. chaldea,
  3. chaldean,
  4. chaldee,
  5. chaldron,
  6. chalets,
  7. chaleur bay,
  8. chaliapin,
  9. chalice,
  10. chaliced

Origin of chalet

1810–20; < French, SwissF, equivalent to *chale shelter (cognate with Old Provençal cala cove1) + -et -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chalet


/ (ˈʃæleɪ, French ʃalɛ) /


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



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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