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
Eventually, Christian Right pastors would deploy the same tactics as Weyrich and his fellow activists to mobilize resentment. Daniel Schlozman & Sam Rosenfeld / Made By History, TIME, 10 June 2024 The conservative alliance of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union garnered 30.2% of the vote Sunday, Politico reported, citing a projection by German public television. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 10 June 2024
Adjective
One of the largest Evangelical Christian denominations in the United States has formalized opposition to in vitro fertilization (IVF). Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 13 June 2024 In Rome, Christian leaders incorporated the tradition as a way to prelude Lent, when people would often fast between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for Christian 

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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 22 Jun. 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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