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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On a recent Friday, Plazola walked through a small garden at the de facto headquarters of Decriminalize Nature Oakland, an eclectic 1920s Swiss chalet and Tudor-style complex in a neighborhood dubbed Pill Hill because of all its medical facilities. Hailey Branson-potts,, "How a trip on magic mushrooms helped decriminalize psychedelic plants in a California city," 22 June 2019 Accommodations in the park include lodges, thatched chalets, and campsites. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "17 unforgettable African safaris," 14 June 2019 An upscale chalet at fence-free Simbavati Safari Lodges, for example, is perfect for families. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "17 unforgettable African safaris," 14 June 2019 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

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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


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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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