from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wooden dwelling with a sloping roof and widely overhanging eaves, common in Switzerland and other Alpine regions.
- n. A cottage or lodge built in this style.
- n. The hut of a herder in the Swiss Alps.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an alpine style of wooden building with a sloping roof and overhanging eaves
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A herdsman's hut in the mountains of Switzerland.
- n. A summer cottage or country house in the Swiss mountains; any country house built in the style of the Swiss cottages.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hut or cabin in which cattle and herdsmen are housed for the night on the Swiss mountains.
- n. Hence A dwelling-house of the Swiss peasantry similarly constructed, that is, low, with very wide eaves, and with the roof weighted down with large stones to secure it against the mountain winds.
- n. A country residence built in the general style of a Swiss mountain cottage, but generally of ornamental character.
- n. A more or less ornamental structure placed at convenient points in cities, containing urinals, lavatory, etc., for public convenience; a modern street ‘necessary.’
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style
French, from Swiss French, possibly diminutive of *cala, shelter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Swiss French, from Franco-Provençal çhalè ‘herdsman’s hut in the mountains’, from Old Franco-Provençal chaslet, diminutive of chasel ‘farmhouse’, from Late Latin casalis ‘house-like, house-related’, from Latin casa ‘house’. (Wiktionary)