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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.

Etymologies

Perhaps akin to Dutch dialectal slijpe, secret path.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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