What is the origin of the word chalet?
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,
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.