From Middle High German alb, alp, from Old High German alp, from Proto-West Germanic *albi, from Proto-Germanic *albiz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *albʰós. Doublet of Elf, borrowed from English later.
- (Germanic folklore) creature that sits on one's chest while one sleeps
- nightmare (formerly believed to be caused by such a creature)
- (figuratively, higher register) mental oppression, anxiety
- The spelling Alb has been the prescribed spelling since the German spelling reform of 1996 (the Rechtschreibreform).
- The spelling Alb has been an optional spelling since the German spelling reform of 1996 (the Rechtschreibreform) as of 2006.
Alb f (genitive Alb, plural Alben)
- Thyen, Olaf (and Michael Clark, Werner Scholze-Stubenrecht, Bradbury Sykes (1999) The Oxford-Duden German Dictionary: German-English, English-German, Oxford University Press, →ISBN: “Alb2 .. (veralt.: Kobold) goblin believed to give sleeping people nightmares..”
- Thode, Ernest (1992) German-English Genealogical Dictionary, Genealogical Publishing Com, →ISBN: “Alb - mountain; hill; ridge; escarpment; upland area..”
- Betterridge, Harold T. (1978) Cassell's German-English English-German Dictionary, Macmillan, →ISBN: “1Alb 1. elf, .. 2. nighmare. 2Alb (dial.) alp(s)..”
- “Alb” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
- “Alb (Gebirge)” in Duden online
- “Alb (Last, Bedrückung, Wesen)” in Duden online
- “Alb (Naturgeist)” in Duden online
Alb m (genitive/dative lui Alb)
- A surname.