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


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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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 Opened by the Great Northern Railroad in 1913, the lodge was inspired by Switzerland’s ski chalets. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great places to explore along the Canadian border," 29 June 2018 In 1936, the Works Progress Administration commissioned murals on the chalet’s walls by the artist Lucien Labaudt. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Beach Chalet: From 1925 draw to dangerous dive bar to SF classic," 27 June 2018 Governor Larry Hogan, who wore a pink shirt and tan blazer combination, stayed on the top floor of the chalet, a VIP area. John-john Williams Iv,, "Ne-Yo, Chanel Iman among celebrities spotted at Preakness 2018," 19 May 2018 The House of Switzerland tries to replicate Alpine life with outdoor fire pits and a cluster of small chalets. Washington Post, "For Olympic fans, the real fun starts after the games," 20 Feb. 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


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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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