Word and Phrase Origins

What is the origin of the word chalet?

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2012-08-11 01:56:08

The earliest use of the word chalet in English was in


It was derived from the Swiss (and French) chalet, which

meant "herdsman's hut, Alpine cottage". This was probably a

diminutive of the Old French chasel, "farmhouse, house,

abode, hut".

The origins before Old French are even more tenuous, but

chalet is attributed to the Vulgar Latin casalis

"belonging to a house", from the Latin casa, "house", or the

Old Provincial cala, "a small shelter for ships.

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