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Definition of alb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of Alb (Entry 2 of 2)

Albania; Albanian

Examples of alb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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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First Known Use of alb


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alb


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

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18 May 2021

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“Alb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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variants: or ALB

Medical Definition of alb

albumin … 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, March 1992

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