[ alb ]
/ ælb /
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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)
Other definitions for alb (2 of 3)
(in prescriptions) white.
Origin of alb.
From the Latin word albus
Other definitions for alb (3 of 3)
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How to use alb in a sentence
He had been buried in the vestments peculiar to his office, viz., the alb and tunic.Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey|Thomas Perkins
He wore, I think, a chasuble, the day when first we met; A stole and snowy alb likewise: I recollect it yet.East and West: Poems|Bret Harte
So I could see the priest in cassock, alb and stole as he would stand before some makeshift altar lit with candles.The Master of Appleby|Francis Lynde
It results from removing the chasuble and expanding the alb.Rites and Ritual|Philip Freeman
And the deacons came in and began to unrobe him, and took from him the alb and the girdle, the maniple and the stole.A House of Pomegranates|Oscar Wilde
British Dictionary definitions for alb (1 of 2)
/ (ælb) /
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)
British Dictionary definitions for alb (2 of 2)
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