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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.
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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.
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Origin of alb.

From the Latin word albus


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Related Words

frock, robe, garb, tunic, stole, cincture, habiliment, covering, garment, uniform, dress, clothing, hood, gear, alb, cassock, vesture, amice, orale

Examples from the Web for alb

Historical Examples

  • He next donned the alb, the symbol of purity, beginning with the right sleeve.

    Abbe Mouret's Transgression

    Emile Zola

  • The rochet resembles an alb, but is shorter and without sleeves.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester

  • The alb is confined at the waist by a white cord called the girdle.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester

  • When I am to blame for anything, Alb is sure to be suspected.

  • Alb (he was thinking, no doubt) was not getting much fun for his money.

British Dictionary definitions for alb


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

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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