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[ahl-buh, al-] /ˈɑl bə, ˈæl-/
a Provençal troubadour poem or love song, typically about the parting of lovers at dawn.
Origin of alba
1815-25; < Old Provençal: dawn < Latin, feminine of albus white


[al-buh; Spanish ahl-vah] /ˈæl bə; Spanish ˈɑl vɑ/


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  • He made war on alba, the capital of the Latin confederation, took and destroyed it.

  • Let others look to this; for I am not King of alba, but captain of the host only.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • When the American attempted to take alba's portrait the first time, the Pole put a stop to it.

    Cosmopolis, Complete Paul Bourget
  • The men of alba also took the oath, and confirmed it after their own fashion.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • Surely the men of alba themselves had not borne to see such a sight.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • "Neither of you shall forfeit his reward," said the great alba.

    The Two Captains Friedrich de La Motte-Fouque
  • Great sorrow was there in alba that day, men knowing not for fear and grief what they should carry with them or leave behind.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • "I ought to know you," continued alba, looking at them with his sparkling eyes.

    The Two Captains Friedrich de La Motte-Fouque
  • That is Canossa—the alba Canossa, the candida petra of its rhyming chronicler.

British Dictionary definitions for alba


/Spanish ˈalβa/
Duke of Alba, See Alva
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alba in Medicine

alba al·ba (āl'bə)
See white matter.

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