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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ecclesiastical A long white linen robe with tapered sleeves worn by a priest at Mass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long white robe worn by priests and other ministers at religious ceremonies, underneath most of the other vestments.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vestment of white linen, reaching to the feet, an enveloping the person; -- in the Roman Catholic church, worn by those in holy orders when officiating at mass. It was formerly worn, at least by clerics, in daily life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church (and in many Anglican churches), a white linen robe, with tight sleeves, worn at the celebration of the eucharist under the chasuble, cope, or dalmatic by the officiating priest and his assistants.
  • n. In the early church, a white garment worn from the Saturday before Easter until the first Sunday after Easter by the newly baptized.
  • n. Formerly also written alba, albe.
  • n. A small Turkish coin, nearly equal in value to a cent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a white linen liturgical vestment with sleeves; worn by priests


Middle English albe, from Old English, from Medieval Latin alba, from (vestis) alba, white (garment), feminine of Latin albus, white.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English albe, from Old English, from Medieval Latin alba, from Latin albus ("white"). (Wiktionary)



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