Ancient Gallo-Latin name for Britain, Albiōn (Middle Welsh Albbu, Old Irish Albu), is from Proto-Celtic *Albiū, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *albʰós (“white”), whence also Latin albus (“white”) and Ancient Greek ἀλφός (alphós, “whiteness, white leprosy”). The primary meaning of Common Celtic word is "upper world" (as opposed to underworld), with semasiological development similar to e.g. Russian свет (svet, “world; light”).
- (now poetic) England (or sometimes the British Isles).
- Any of several places in the United States:
- West Bromwich Albion Football Club, a football team from West Bromwich
2012 April 22, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0-1 West Brom”, in BBC Sport:
- The Reds laid siege to the Albion goal throughout, with Jordan Henderson striking the underside of the bar and Dirk Kuyt the inside of the post.
Albion m inan
Often used with the adjective mglisty (“foggy”).