[ al-bahy-noh or, esp. British, -bee- ]
/ ælˈbaɪ noʊ or, esp. British, -ˈbi- /

noun, plural al·bi·nos.

a person with pale skin, light hair, pinkish eyes, and visual abnormalities resulting from a hereditary inability to produce the pigment melanin.
an animal or plant with a marked deficiency in pigmentation.
Philately. an embossed stamp accidentally left without ink.

Nearby words

  1. albigensian,
  2. albinal,
  3. albini's nodules,
  4. albinic,
  5. albinism,
  6. albinoni,
  7. albinoni, tomaso,
  8. albinotic,
  9. albinus,
  10. albion

Origin of albino

1770–80; < Portuguese, equivalent to alb(o) white (< Latin albus) + -ino -ine1

Related formsal·bin·ic [al-bin-ik] /ælˈbɪn ɪk/, al·bi·nal [al-buh-nl] /ˈæl bə nl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for albino


/ (ælˈbiːnəʊ) /

noun plural -nos

a person with congenital absence of pigmentation in the skin, eyes, and hair
any animal or plant that is deficient in pigment
Derived Formsalbinic (ælˈbɪnɪk) or albinistic, adjectivealbinism (ˈælbɪˌnɪzəm), nounalbinotic (ˌælbɪˈnɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for albino

C18: via Portuguese from Spanish, from albo white, from Latin albus

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Word Origin and History for albino



1777, from Spanish or Portuguese albino, from Latin albus "white" (see alb). Used by Portuguese of white-spotted African negroes. Extended 1859 to animals having the same peculiarity. A female albino formerly was an albiness (1808).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for albino


[ ăl-bīnō ]

n. pl. al•bi•nos

A person or an animal lacking normal pigmentation, resulting in abnormally pale or white skin and hair and pink or blue eyes with a deep-red pupil.

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Science definitions for albino


[ ăl-bīnō ]

An organism lacking normal pigmentation or coloration. Animals that are albinos lack pigmentation due to a congenital absence of melanin. In humans and other mammals, albinos have white hair, pale skin, and usually pinkish eyes. Plants that are albinos lack normal amounts of chlorophyll or other pigments.
Related formsalbinism noun (ălbə-nĭz′əm)

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