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noun Architecture.
  1. a covered passage, especially one from the transept of a cathedral to the chapter house.
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Also slip.

Origin of slype

1860–65; origin uncertain; compare dialectal Dutch slijpe secret path
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Examples from the Web for slype

Historical Examples

  • Slype—a passage leading from the transept to the chapter-house.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

    Dugald Butler and Herbert Story

  • 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.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

    Dugald Butler and Herbert Story

  • In the sixth bay, from, and counting the angle, may be seen the walled-up entrance to the Slype.

British Dictionary definitions for slype


  1. a covered passageway in a cathedral or church that connects the transept to the chapterhouse
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Word Origin

C19: probably from Middle Flemish slijpen to slip
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