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christen

verb chris·ten \ˈkri-sən\

: 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

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

Full Definition of CHRISTEN

transitive verb
1
a :  baptize 1
b :  to name at baptism
2
:  to name or dedicate (as a ship) by a ceremony suggestive of baptism
3
:  name 1
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

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with CHRISTEN

CHRISTENED Defined for Kids

christen

verb chris·ten \ˈkri-sən\
chris·tenedchris·ten·ing

Definition of CHRISTEN for Kids

1
:  baptize 1
2
:  to name at baptism <The parents christened the baby Robin.>
3
:  2name 1 <… it would be a long time before they forgot the giant, three-headed dog he'd christened “Fluffy.” — J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets>
4
:  to name or dedicate (as a ship) in a ceremony

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