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christen

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verb chris·ten \ˈkri-sən\

Simple Definition of christen

  • : to baptize (someone)

  • : to name (someone) at baptism

  • : to officially give (something, such as a ship) a name in a ceremony that often involves breaking a bottle of champagne

Full Definition of christen

chris·tenedchris·ten·ing play \ˈkris-niŋ, ˈkri-sə-niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  baptize 1 b :  to name at baptism

  3. 2 :  to name or dedicate (as a ship) by a ceremony suggestive of baptism

  4. 3 :  name 1

  5. 4 :  to use for the first time

Examples of christen

  1. He was christened when he was three months old.

  2. They christened the baby Anna.

  3. The politician was chosen to christen a new ship.

  4. The newspaper has christened her as the reigning Queen of Tennis.

  5. They christened the new ball park with a win.



Origin of christen

Middle English cristnen, from Old English cristnian, from cristen Christian, from Latin christianus


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Rhymes with christen



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