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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Examples of chalet in a Sentence

We stayed overnight at a ski chalet. a mountain chalet for weekend getaways
Recent Examples on the Web The birds ignore the chalet, which has again gone unrented, like an Airbnb with a one-star rating. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 This is the first time the chalet has been on the market. Ellen Paris, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The chalet at Benelux, 346 N. Broadway, is a heated atrium that gives up to 10 diners views of downtown; everyone in the group must be 21 or older. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Mar. 2021 The beachfront Watergate Bay Hotel reopened last month with a new culinary concept and seven new beach lofts with ‘surf-in, surf-out’ access bringing a ski chalet inspired experience to the north coast of Cornwall. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Those, and a second tie-dye crewneck wrapped around her waist, because after months of wearing glamorous chalet attire and ‘80s-era suits, one hoodie simply isn’t enough. Photo: Splash News. Eliza Huber,, 18 May 2021 Another piece, Untitled (Bread House), is an alpine chalet Fischer has reconstructed at various times from loaves of sourdough, which rot during a show. Jacoba Urist, ELLE Decor, 24 Feb. 2021 Storms laid waste to state parks at Guntersville and Buck’s Pocket, with an EF-2 tornado crossing the lake, toppling trees and destroying cabins, a chalet, a wing of the lodge, campers, cars and boats. William Thornton |, al, 27 Apr. 2011 One reminder of how a vacation can be ruined sits one hour by car from Lindos, in the center of the island, up winding roads, past goats and sheep, where a Swiss chalet-type hotel is nestled in a forest of fir trees. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of chalet

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jul 2021

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“Chalet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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