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: a full-length white linen ecclesiastical vestment with long sleeves that is gathered at the waist with a cincture


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Albania; Albanian

Examples of alb in a Sentence

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The Colobium Sindonis This piece appears as a white linen tunic with a collar fastened with a single button, fashioned after a priest's alb. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 May 2023 Pope Jude Law has fifteen outfits, a fresh alb and tippet for each aspect of his mercurial personality. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2017

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Word History



Middle English albe, aube, in part borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Late Latin alba "white garment or vestment, originally one worn by the recently baptized" (shortened from collocations with tunica "tunic" or vestis "garment"), from feminine of Latin albus "white, light-colored, fair"; in part going back to Old English albe (feminine weak noun), borrowed from Late Latin alba — more at album

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alb was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Alb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a full-length white linen vestment worn by priests at the Eucharist

Medical Definition


variants or ALB
… the increased ALB concentration observed in fascicular biopsies of diabetic patients with and without neuropathy may be related to the protein itself …Joseph F. Poduslo and Geoffrey L. Curran, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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