Definition of chalet in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʃaleɪ


1A wooden house with overhanging eaves, typically found in the Swiss Alps.
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  • Although the predominant style is the traditional log cabin, other styles range from Swiss chalets to upscale modern wooden condominiums.
  • The wooden chalets reminded us of the houses in Himachali villages with the upper floors projecting beyond the ground-level ones.
  • We poked around in abandoned wooden chalets and our guide told us of the time when laundry was done only twice a year, and bread would be baked on an annual basis and eaten after being dipped in hot soup or water before being consumed!
1.1British A small cabin or house used by holidaymakers, forming a unit within a holiday complex.
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  • Conservationists and villagers are opposing a scheme to build holiday chalets at a North Yorkshire trout fishery, because they fear it could become a ‘monster’ tourist attraction.
  • As well as enjoying the views from his home, Aitken runs the estate as a business, renting out holiday chalets in and around the loch and charging fishermen £25 a day to catch trout.
  • Today, the Cal Neva has been restored and redeveloped as a complete resort featuring lake view rooms, cabins, and chalets.


late 18th century: from Swiss French, diminutive of Old French chasel 'farmstead', based on Latin casa 'hut, cottage'.

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