Christian

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noun

Chris·​tian ˈkris-chən How to pronounce Christian (audio)
ˈkrish-
1
a
: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ
(2)
: a member of one of the Churches of Christ separating from the Disciples of Christ in 1906
(3)
: a member of the Christian denomination having part in the union of the United Church of Christ concluded in 1961
2
: the hero in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress

Christian

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adjective

1
a
: of or relating to Christianity
Christian scriptures
b
: based on or conforming with Christianity
Christian ethics
2
a
: of, relating to, or being a Christian
Christian responsibilities
b
: professing Christianity
a Christian affirmation
a Christian country
3
: treating other people in a kind or generous way
has a very Christian concern for others
Christianly adjective or adverb

Examples of Christian in a Sentence

Adjective Many of my friends are Christian. He showed a very Christian concern for others.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The view here: In the defense of Grier and other Dolphins officials involved in these picks, the organization has made several excellent draft selections on defense — Howard, Christian Wilkins, Phillips, Holland, Jerome Baker and Andrew Van Ginkel, among others. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 13 Feb. 2024 He’s collaborated with and written for artists such as Christian Nodal, Carin León, Grupo Firme and Banda MS, to name a few. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 13 Feb. 2024 Maisie Williams revamped French fashion designer Christian Dior's signature silhouette. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 But a group of the folks who made Wunderlist in the first place, led by co-founder Christian Reber, set out to bring its spirit back to life. David Pierce, The Verge, 13 Feb. 2024 Coaches awarded running back Christian McCaffrey the Bill Walsh Award. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 Following the incident, authorities managed to retrieve 10 pairs of Versace glasses, two pairs of Prada glasses, and one pair of Christian Dior glasses. Luke Gentile, Washington Examiner, 8 Jan. 2024 Maya Layton, Faith Christian The sophomore dropped 39 points, including a ¾-court shot, against FW Northrop to become the program's all-time leading scorer with 922 career points. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Jan. 2024 Patent leather boots by Christian Louboutin completed the look. Jackie Fields, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024
Adjective
The Christian Nationalists view Trump much as his disgruntled base of working-class nihilist supporters have always viewed him — as a kind of holy wrecking ball. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 These changes alienated many Catholic and evangelical Democrats and established the GOP as the political home of white Christian conservatives. TIME, 2 Apr. 2024 In the Christian faith, they have been viewed as a symbol of new life and the resurrection of Jesus. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 Instead, those facilities would be overseen by a new board, with more than half of its members representing Christian schools. Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, 2 Apr. 2024 In the Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show, Carmichael documents the uncomfortable, awkward, and intimate parts of his life such as admitting to his infidelity to his boyfriend and searching for acceptance from his Christian mother. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2024 Not far from Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, dozens of members of Gaza's tiny Palestinian Christian community gathered at the Holy Family Church to celebrate Easter, with incense wafting through the rare building that appeared untouched by war. Melanie Lindman, Wafaa Shurafa, arkansasonline.com, 1 Apr. 2024 But some Christian conservatives are loath to join their brethren in clearing a direct path from the ornate doors of Mar-a-Lago to the pearly gates of Heaven. Michael C. Bender, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2024 Some students clearly relished the opportunity to visit places that otherwise may have seemed illicit or inappropriate: Christian churches, gay bars, tattoo parlors. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Adjective

Latin christianus, adjective & noun, from Greek christianos, from Christos — see Christ

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Time Traveler
The first known use of Christian was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Christian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Christian. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

Christian

1 of 2 noun
Chris·​tian ˈkris-chən How to pronounce Christian (audio)
ˈkrish-
1
: a person who believes in Jesus Christ and follows his teachings
2
: a member of a Christian church

Christian

2 of 2 adjective
1
: of or relating to Jesus Christ or the religion based on his teachings
2
: of or relating to Christians
a Christian nation
3
: being what a Christian should be or do
Christian behavior

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