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  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)

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Other definitions for alb. (2 of 3)


  1. (in prescriptions) white.

Origin of alb.

From the Latin word albus

Other definitions for Alb. (3 of 3)


  1. Albania.

  2. Albanian.

  1. Albany.

  2. Alberta. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use alb in a sentence

  • He had been buried in the vestments peculiar to his office, viz., the alb and tunic.

  • He wore, I think, a chasuble, the day when first we met; A stole and snowy alb likewise: I recollect it yet.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for alb (1 of 2)


/ (ælb) /

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

Origin of alb

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

British Dictionary definitions for Alb. (2 of 2)


abbreviation for
  1. Albania(n)

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