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 But in combing the literature, the researchers behind this model found only one case where a patient was tested before feeling sick—as part of a cluster at a chalet in the French Alps. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "How a Negative COVID-19 Test Can Mislead," 21 June 2020 The chalet bar outside on the Riverwalk won't be open to the general public. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee bars and restaurants can open today, but many aren't ready. Here's what to expect," 5 June 2020 The trail stretches nearly 11 miles from one of downtown’s most historic neighborhoods on Second Avenue to the multi-use chalet at Kincaid Park. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, "Tackle Anchorage’s terrific city trail system," 30 May 2020 The four-story chalet holds six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, carved logs and custom fixtures. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property newsletter: Still a good place to park it," 11 Apr. 2020 Everything, from the guests in the chalet, right through to every scrap of food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, has to come up in the funicular. David Canfield,, "First look: Ruth Ware is back with another edge-of-your-seat thriller," 16 Apr. 2020 The second scenario is holding a tournament without a full buildout of the chalets, suites and hospitality. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Barbasol Championship aiming for April decision on tournament status due to coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 Five Britons, including a 9-year-old boy, contracted the virus in the French Alpine ski town of Contamines-Montjoie after staying in the same chalet as the British man. Joe Mcdonald, Anchorage Daily News, "65 more cases of coronavirus are diagnosed on cruise ship quarantined in Japan," 10 Feb. 2020 Donations are accepted in lieu of a registration fee, and kids can sign up in advance online at the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage website or the day of the event from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Kincaid chalet. Anchorage Daily News, "Ski 4 Kids is Saturday at Kincaid Park," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of chalet

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Chalet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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