- a covered passage, especially one from the transept of a cathedral to the chapter house.
Origin of slype
1860–65; origin uncertain; compare dialectal Dutch slijpe secret path
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Examples from the Web for slype
Slype—a passage leading from the transept to the chapter-house.
Passing through the chamber on the south we enter the slype.
At the back of the wall on the south is the slype, and above this the vestry.
South of the fratery is the slype or passage, with arched openings to the east and west.
In the sixth bay, from, and counting the angle, may be seen the walled-up entrance to the Slype.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Norwich
C. H. B. Quennell
- a covered passageway in a cathedral or church that connects the transept to the chapterhouse
C19: probably from Middle Flemish slijpen to slip