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.