cha·​let | \sha-ˈlā, ˈsha-(ˌ)lā\

Definition of chalet 

1 : a remote herdsman's hut in the Alps

2a : a Swiss dwelling with unconcealed structural members and a wide overhang at the front and sides

b : a cottage or house in chalet style

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Synonyms for chalet


bach [New Zealand], cabin, camp, cottage, lodge

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Examples of chalet in a Sentence

We stayed overnight at a ski chalet. a mountain chalet for weekend getaways

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How to Do It RightFly from Saigon (45 minutes) or take the winding drive up from Nha Trang (three hours), and book one of the half-timbered 1920s chalets at Ana Mandara Villas Resort & Spa. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 Perched in a world of windswept rock and ice, with little else around, the Spartan hotel feels like a lunar base merged with a Swiss chalet. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Awe-Inspiring Canadian Rockies Camping Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 Ski rentals are available at the chalet, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday (closing at 6 p.m. after the first weekend in February), 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 lighted cross-country ski trails in Wisconsin," 4 Jan. 2018 To get beyond the walls of the chalet, its team can arrange helicopter excursions to remote hot springs, fishing spots, and berry bushes ripe for picking. Carey Jones, Vogue, "On a Remote Glacier in the Middle of Alaska, I Learned the Magic of Disconnecting," 12 July 2018 Where to bunk: Look no further than L'Aiguille Grive Chalets Hôtel, a collection of modernist chalets that wouldn't be out of place in the Rockies (with astounding views). Nina Kokotas Hahn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Ski Resorts in Europe," 6 Dec. 2017 Eugenie's parents, the divorced Duke and Duchess of York, eventually bought a chalet there in 2015. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "A Definitive History of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Relationship," 2 July 2018 Most of the celebrities congregated in a chalet built by the Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico Race Course. John-john Williams Iv,, "Ne-Yo, Chanel Iman among celebrities spotted at Preakness 2018," 19 May 2018 Altadena Junction marked the starting point for the 1893 Mount Lowe Railway, a nearly seven-mile ascent with hospitality stops that included resorts, chalets, hotels, a dance hall and casino. R. Daniel Foster,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Altadena offers varied architectural styles but few places left to build anew," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of chalet

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of chalet

: a type of house that has a steep roof that extends past the walls

: a small house often in a group of similar houses where people go for vacations


cha·​let | \sha-ˈlā \

Kids Definition of chalet

1 : a Swiss dwelling with a steep roof that sticks far out past the walls

2 : a cottage or house built to look like a Swiss chalet

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a knickknack or trinket

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