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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The Glacier Point Hotel, which looked like a giant chalet, as pictured in archival photos, was opened in 1918, and perched with a view facing Half Dome and Tenaya Canyon; the first road to Glacier Point was then completed in 1935. Tom Stienstra,, "How Yosemite is solving gridlock at Glacier Point," 4 Sep. 2019 There were photos of yachts, polo matches, ski chalets and society galas. Fiorella Valdesolo, Town & Country, "Slim Aarons and Napoleon Perdis Collection," 8 July 2014 The mountain house still stands, but Sheldon’s children, Robert and Kate, have reimagined the property as a luxury chalet with just five rooms. Ashley Mateo, Town & Country, "Explore the Last Frontier of Luxury Travel In the U.S.: Alaska," 23 Aug. 2019 There’s a ban in the town of Chamonix, France, as well, where the mayor passed a temporary regulation after the death of a 32-year-old Russian wingsuiter who crashed into an empty chalet. National Geographic, "Has the world's deadliest sport become safer? It's complicated.," 21 Aug. 2019 Reppin roughed it through winter snows before renting a nearby cabin, one of about 30 chalets scattered along a dirt road that winds through the alpine community to a lookout tower., "Amid winding mountain roads, a village pushes back its encroaching fire threat," 23 July 2019 The place could be on a summer-camp brochure, a Swiss-style chalet situated on a 4,500-foot ridgeline with a 100-mile view into the shaggy blue forests of the middle Appalachians. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Airplanes That Rescue Ebola Patients," 5 July 2019 Designed by Philippe Starck, the two-story destination includes a bar and ski-chalet themed lounge in addition to the restaurant. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Winter," 4 Feb. 2019 According to public records obtained by the AP, the island was once worth $3 million and owned by a woman who died in a chalet in Switzerland. Washington Post, "Whispers, suspicion about Epstein on Caribbean island," 10 July 2019

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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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