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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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  • From alba and Spain, and the far-off isles of Greece, kings came to woo her.

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

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • 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
  • It was not by any ordering of mine that the men of alba went towards the mountains.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • Yet I say not that all the men of alba are guilty of this matter.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • The ashes of Pompey were carried to Cornelia, who buried them in his lands near alba.

  • alba beckoned the captains to him, and assigned to each his duty.

    The Two Captains Friedrich de La Motte-Fouque
  • "Neither of you shall forfeit his reward," said the great alba.

    The Two Captains Friedrich de La Motte-Fouque
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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