chalet

[sha-ley, shal-ey; French shah-le]
noun, plural chalets [sha-leyz, shal-eyz; French shah-le] .
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:
1810–20; < French, SwissF, equivalent to *chale shelter (cognate with Old Provençal cala cove1) + -et -et

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chalet (ˈʃæleɪ, French ʃalɛ)
 
n
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
 
[C19: from French (Swiss dialect)]

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chalet
1782, from Swiss-Fr., prob. dim. of O.Fr. chasel "farmhouse," perhaps from V.L. *casalis "belonging to a house," from L. casa "house;" or from O.Prov. cala "small shelter for ships," from a pre-L. language.
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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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Example sentences
If someone wants to buy a beach cottage or a mountain chalet,fine,but don't ask
  for a subsidy.
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.
There's also a chalet with food service and a ski and snowboard rental shop.
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