One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A white vestment reaching to the feet, worn by clergy and servers in some Christian Churches.
vestment, surplice, cassock, rochet, dalmatic, chasubleView synonyms
- ‘It seems that all celebrants came from the same place, wearing the same white albs, the same colored stoles, and performed almost the same gestures.’
- ‘The alb was a long white tunic reaching to the ankles and with long sleeves, made from white linen or wool.’
- ‘I begin to have visions of the vest bulging awkwardly beneath my white alb.’
- ‘He was fully vested, with a blue brocade chasuble over his white alb.’
- ‘The float was preceded by hundreds of priests fully vested as for mass in albs and chasubles.’
Old English albe, from ecclesiastical Latin tunica (or vestis) alba ‘white garment’, from Latin albus ‘white’.
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