- a linen vestment with narrow sleeves, worn chiefly by priests, now invariably white in the Western Church but can be in a color in the Eastern Church.
Origin of alb
- (in prescriptions) white.
Origin of alb.
Examples from the Web for alb
He next donned the alb, the symbol of purity, beginning with the right sleeve.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
The rochet resembles an alb, but is shorter and without sleeves.
The alb is confined at the waist by a white cord called the girdle.
When I am to blame for anything, Alb is sure to be suspected.
"Methinks, Alb, you are playing us false," said the Mariner.
- Christianity a long white linen vestment with sleeves worn by priests and others
Word Origin and History for alb
late Old English albe, from Late Latin alba (in tunica alba or vestis alba "white vestment"), fem. of albus "white," from PIE root *albho- "white" (cf. Greek alphos "white leprosy," alphiton "barley meal;" Old High German albiz, Old English elfet "swan," literally "the white bird;" Old Church Slavonic and Russian lebedi, Polish łabędź "swan;" Hittite alpash "cloud").