[ alb ]
/ ælb /

noun Ecclesiastical.

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)

Definition for alb (2 of 3)


(in prescriptions) white.

Origin of alb.

From the Latin word albus

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/ (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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