Definition of chalet in US English:



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

    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Outside, it looks like a Swiss chalet standing in five acres of its own grounds.’
    • ‘Suddenly the wind hit, overtaking the chalet, shaking the wooden balcony out front, and swirling inside, filling the room.’
    • ‘The timber chalets are sold with a seven-year guarantee covering workmanship and materials.’
    • ‘Geraldine rightly said most of the public rooms, combined with the furnishing, looked like a Swiss chalet.’
    • ‘But that requires blasting through the forest, barely noticing the isolated clusters of wooden chalets and deserted outbuildings used for summer grazing.’
    • ‘Outside champagne bottles edged flower beds, and rabbits roamed round hutches which looked more like Swiss chalets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wooden interior of the chalet glows invitingly in the soft candlelight.’
    • ‘Mr Rogers was staying in a beach chalet when the water from the wave rushed in.’
    • ‘I just have to look out of the window at the sun, snow, wooden chalets and mountains.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘The wooden chalets reminded us of the houses in Himachali villages with the upper floors projecting beyond the ground-level ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lake District planners have ordered the removal of a holiday chalet which was built without planning permission near Ambleside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although the predominant style is the traditional log cabin, other styles range from Swiss chalets to upscale modern wooden condominiums.’


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