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chalet

[sha-ley, shal-ey; French shah-le] /ʃæˈleɪ, ˈʃæl eɪ; French ʃɑˈlɛ/
noun, plural chalets
[sha-leyz, shal-eyz; French shah-le] /ʃæˈleɪz, ˈʃæl eɪz; French ʃɑˈlɛ/ (Show IPA)
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.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < French, SwissF, equivalent to *chale shelter (cognate with Old Provençal cala cove1) + -et -et
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  • If someone wants to buy a beach cottage or a mountain chalet,fine,but don't ask for a subsidy.
  • In addition, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom chalet with full kitchen is also available for rent.
  • The two others died in a fire in the chalet that started four days after the killings.
  • The chalet is the largest of the two structures and is a two-story building with a gable roof.
  • The chalet offers a warm retreat with restrooms and concessions daily.
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  • The balconies have jigsawn railings, reminiscent of chalet buildings.
  • Each day after a long ride in the mountains, guests would stay at a different hotel or chalet.
  • The chalet, a ranch-style building complete with kitchen facilities, is available for summer and winter group outings.
  • chalet bungalow a bungalow with loft comes with a second story loft.
British Dictionary definitions for chalet

chalet

/ˈʃæleɪ; French ʃalɛ/
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
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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Encyclopedia Article for chalet

timber house characteristic of Switzerland, the Bavarian Alps, Tirol, and the French Alps. The name originally referred to a sheepherder's dwelling and, later, to any small house in the mountains.

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