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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 of chalet
1810-1820
1810-20; < French, SwissF, equivalent to *chale shelter (cognate with Old Provençal cala cove1) + -et -et
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  • He bade them good-night at the door of their chalet, and then slowly strolled back to the Casino.

    Confidence Henry James
  • You did not tell me this when you came up to the chalet last night, and sent for me.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • I tried the chalet door and found it locked, but an ice-axe soon hewed the bolt away, and forced an entrance.

  • I'll take these pictures too; yes, and this chalet; and I'll have the ink-pot and the frame as well.

  • I remember he came an evening, soon after my arrival at the chalet, when dinner was late.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • These are its dints; I have been watching them all the way along from the chalet!

  • All that is choice, pretty, or decorative in my house in the Rue du Bac has been transported to the chalet.

    Letters of Two Brides Honore de Balzac
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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