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An alb may refer to one of two kinds of white vestments worn in religious ceremonies:
- Albs worn by ordained ministers, such as priests or deacons. These are worn on top of the cassock and the amice (if the amice is used), and worn underneath the stole and cincture. This variety of alb never has a hood.
- Albs worn by lay ministers, such as altarboys or acolytes. A cincture is typically also used with it. This variety of alb will sometimes have a hood.
Alb, n. Etym: [OE. albe, LL. alba, fr. L. albus white. Cf. Album and Aube.]
Defn: 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.