Definition of chalet in English:

chalet

noun

  • 1A wooden house with overhanging eaves, typically found in the Swiss Alps.

    • ‘The wooden chalets reminded us of the houses in Himachali villages with the upper floors projecting beyond the ground-level ones.’
    • ‘I just have to look out of the window at the sun, snow, wooden chalets and mountains.’
    • ‘Western provinces have wooden chalets with steep, pointed roofs, like those in Switzerland, whereas the eastern Danubian houses exhibit more of a Slavic influence, with simple design and stucco plastering.’
    • ‘The timber chalets are sold with a seven-year guarantee covering workmanship and materials.’
    • ‘Outside, it looks like a Swiss chalet standing in five acres of its own grounds.’
    • ‘Mr Rogers was staying in a beach chalet when the water from the wave rushed in.’
    • ‘Geraldine rightly said most of the public rooms, combined with the furnishing, looked like a Swiss chalet.’
    • ‘Suddenly the wind hit, overtaking the chalet, shaking the wooden balcony out front, and swirling inside, filling the room.’
    • ‘Later on we converted the attic, and my father built a three-bedroom chalet, which became his den.’
    • ‘He lives in relative seclusion in his enormous Swiss chalet, protected by servants and a devoted wife.’
    • ‘Outside champagne bottles edged flower beds, and rabbits roamed round hutches which looked more like Swiss chalets.’
    • ‘We're immediately delighted - it may have a flashy strip of gear shops and pizzerias, but there are also flower-decked Swiss chalets and a working cow barn in every side road, with authentic early-morning lowing.’
    • ‘The wooden interior of the chalet glows invitingly in the soft candlelight.’
    • ‘Even more incongruous was coming across a town of steeply gabled Swiss chalets nestled in a sea of pine trees in the hills outside Fez.’
    • ‘Although the predominant style is the traditional log cabin, other styles range from Swiss chalets to upscale modern wooden condominiums.’
    • ‘But that requires blasting through the forest, barely noticing the isolated clusters of wooden chalets and deserted outbuildings used for summer grazing.’
    • ‘Then, end the day at a downtown hotel in one of our world-class cities or tucked away in a chateau, chalet, or a cosy seaside inn!’
    • ‘Lake District planners have ordered the removal of a holiday chalet which was built without planning permission near Ambleside.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Witness for the rugby club, Mr Brian Nolan, who lives in a wooden chalet adjacent to the clubhouse, said he had no problem with the noise levels.’
    1. 1.1British A small cabin or house used by holidaymakers, forming a unit within a holiday complex.
      • ‘Today, the Cal Neva has been restored and redeveloped as a complete resort featuring lake view rooms, cabins, and chalets.’
      • ‘Furthermore, by offering themed restaurants, villa style chalets, water sports and outdoor cycling tracks, Center Parcs has successfully blurred the distinction between leisure and tourism.’
      • ‘There are self-contained cabins and chalets and a lodge with a shared kitchen and lounge with a log fire.’
      • ‘Guests stay in 26 hotel-style rooms in lodges near the main building or in three-bedroom chalets.’
      • ‘There are four exclusive Camps and a Safari Lodge, featuring suites and luxury chalets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Building new holiday chalets at a beauty spot would mean fewer cottages in the area being bought as second homes, it is claimed.’
      • ‘The property also has 30 wooden chalets - comfortable but not luxurious.’
      • ‘Our first ‘camp’ was Eagle Island, which boasts 12 luxury canvas chalets, complete with air-conditioning and decked verandas with wicker chairs and hammocks.’
      • ‘The accommodation is currently limited, but there is a luxury lodge, and a few self-catering chalets and campsites.’
      • ‘There are more than 200 rooms and suites, and several luxury lodges, chalets and cottages.’
      • ‘It's about 50 miles south of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway and consists of a constellation of chalets surrounding the main lodge, where the meals are served.’
      • ‘The park has a total of 20 self-catering chalets and 88 campsites.’
      • ‘The Alphonse hotel complex is a recently-built collection of ‘A’ frame chalets on short stilts.’
      • ‘Four and six-bedroom chalets cost between $85 and $120 a unit per night.’
      • ‘We stayed at a place that has been recently re-opened called the Kingfisher Lodge, which is a very small lodge with only 4 chalets, around a pleasant swimming pool and in pretty grounds with a variety of trees and birds.’
      • ‘The National Park committee rejected plans to build six chalets behind and five chalets in front of the Buck Inn, Buckden.’
      • ‘There are also chalets on the lakeside site at Lochend Chalets, a holiday rental company run by his brother and sister.’
      • ‘More than 12 000 hectares of soft rolling hills teeming with bird and wildlife. Accommodation ranges from self-catering chalets to en-suite lodge rooms and rustic bush camps.’
      small house, house, bungalow, villa, lodge, cabin, shack, shanty
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

chalet

/ˈʃaleɪ/