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From Ancient Greek κορβᾶν (korbân), from Hebrew קָרְבָּן(korban, offering, sacrifice). Found in the Bible at Mark 7.11.


corban (plural corbans)

  1. An offering to God, especially in fulfilment of a vow.
    • 1901, The Bible, American Standard Version, 7:11
      but ye say, If a man shall say to his father or his mother, That wherewith thou mightest have been profited by me is Corban, that is to say, Given [to God];
  2. An alms basket; a vessel to receive gifts of charity; a treasury of the church, where offerings are deposited.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word is usually translated oblation, as in Numbers xviii. 9, xxxi. 50.
  • The traditionists laid down that a man might interdict himself by vow, not only from using for himself, but from giving to another, or receiving from him, some particular object, whether of food or any other kind. A person might thus exempt himself from assisting parents in distress, under plea of corban.





  1. gift
  2. votive offering