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noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. 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

before 1100; Middle English albe, (h)aube (< MF), Old English albe < Latin alba (vestis) white (garment); compare Dutch albe, Old High German alba (German Albe)


  1. (in prescriptions) white.

Origin of alb.

From the Latin word albus

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  1. Christianity a long white linen vestment with sleeves worn by priests and others

Word Origin for alb

Old English albe, from Medieval Latin alba (vestis) white (clothing)


abbreviation for
  1. Albania(n)
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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").

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