Definition of slype in English:



  • A covered way between a cathedral transept and the chapter house or deanery.

    • ‘A slype is the name for a covered passage from a church or monastery cloister.’
    • ‘So the enlarged south transept took in the slype, and it occupied the end bay with the broad gallery and the sanctuary chamber filling the space above.’
    • ‘As the ironwork from St Albans slype, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is very innovative, it is possible that the inspiration for the smiths came from the abbey scriptorium.’
    • ‘I think you were standing in the slype when you took your photograph, with your back to the chapter house.’
    • ‘A narrow mediaeval passageway, known as a slype, issues into to a paved court by the Checker Hall.’
    • ‘Adjoining the S transept is the slype, a long narrow passage that was formerly covered by a barrel vault.’
    • ‘Fr. Thomas is busy replanting the area around the new slype that had been dug up by construction.’
    • ‘The entrance from the slype into the cloister and the layout of the stairs is discussed further below.’
    • ‘The next step was to convert the three cottages to the west of the covered passage or slype into an office and ‘rest room’ at street level, and a caretaker's cottage above.’


Mid 19th century: perhaps a variant of dialect slipe ‘long narrow piece of ground’.