from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A covered passage, especially one between the transept and chapter house of a cathedral.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A covered passageway, especially one connecting the transept of a cathedral or monastery to the chapter house.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A narrow passage between two buildings, as between the transept and chapter house of a monastery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In some English cathedrals, a passage leading from the transept to the chapter-house or to the deanery.
Perhaps akin to Dutch dialectal slijpe, secret path.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)