cha·​let | \ sha-ˈlā How to pronounce chalet (audio) , 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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Several minutes up the hill, 42-room chalet Hotel Bussi Baby, run by Bachmair’s owners, opened this June after an extensive remodel. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 There are nine white-walled chalets on the property (specially designed to be cooled by the wind rather than air conditioning), a swimming pool, and two Dalmatians, Ipa and Nema, in residence. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019 At night, the nearest humans outside the chalet might be tens of miles away. Carey Jones, Vogue, "On a Remote Glacier in the Middle of Alaska, I Learned the Magic of Disconnecting," 12 July 2018 Trails, accessible directly from Adler Lodge, are etched all over the plateau, and the property itself offers 30 rooms and chalets and suites and, most welcome of all, a full-service spa. Brigid Mander, WSJ, "5 Flat-Out Ideal Cross-Country Ski Getaways," 5 Dec. 2018 With its distinct mix of sleek activewear and chunky, cozy knits, a good après-ski ensemble can move between the cozy chalet and the piste without too much fuss. Anny Choi, Vogue, "The Best Ski (and Après-Ski) Looks to Sport From the Slopes to the Chalet," 5 Dec. 2018 For instance, a front-end lift system for clearing steep driveways at the chalet runs $1,560 on the McLaren and $2,590 on the Porsche. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The McLaren 570S Spider Is Your Just-Won-the-Lottery Car," 12 Dec. 2018 Mount Shasta Resort: Gorgeous cedar chalets are set in a forest within walking distance of Lake Siskiyou on one side, golf course on the other. Tom Stienstra,, "Tom Stienstra: California’s 25 best cabins on golden ponds," 20 June 2018 Stronach hopes that new amenities this year — including elevated chalets with glass walls and front porches for VIP guests — will help sell guests on coming back next year. Jeff Barker,, "Preakness will return to Baltimore's Pimlico in 2019. After that, the race's home is uncertain," 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
British : a small house often in a group of similar houses where people go for vacations


cha·​let | \ sha-ˈlā How to pronounce chalet (audio) \

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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