baptistery

noun
bap·​tis·​tery | \ ˈbap-tə-strē How to pronounce baptistery (audio) , especially Southern ˈbab- \
variants: or baptistry
plural baptisteries or baptistries

Definition of baptistery

: a part of a church or formerly a separate building used for baptism

Examples of baptistery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid alleys crammed with gelato shops, cafés, and souvenir stores, fifth- and sixth-century churches, mausoleums, and baptisteries stand out with their ochre and fawn facades. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 Visitors can purchase combination tickets that include entrance to multiple attractions, including the baptistery. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 Set out on a walking tour of the city’s outstanding medieval center; and stop by the fifth-century baptistery, an octagonal building adjacent to the Albenga Cathedral where baptisms were typically performed. National Geographic, "Italy: Hidden Treasures of the Northwest," 12 June 2019 Walk through the temple and see the ordinance and sealing rooms, as well as the baptistery, and enjoy an opportunity to ask questions. Glenna Christensen, idahostatesman, "Newest Idaho LDS temple will open soon and be available for tours," 13 Oct. 2017 During the special Mass, the relics will be on display in the cathedral’s baptistery and the Sistine Chapel Choir will alternate with the cathedral choir in performing liturgical songs. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "A Saint’s Remains and the Pope’s Choir at St. Patrick’s Cathedral," 15 Sep. 2017 The judge consented, according to A.R.M., which supplied the baptistery. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "For two evangelical Christians, Manuel Noriega became the ultimate jailhouse convert," 30 May 2017 The ministry described what happened next: When the baptistery was filled, the Deputy Marshall brought General Manuel Antonio Noriega into the courtroom to be baptized. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "For two evangelical Christians, Manuel Noriega became the ultimate jailhouse convert," 30 May 2017 According to the ministry, the baptistery was taken to an atrium outside the door of one of the courtrooms and filled with water. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "For two evangelical Christians, Manuel Noriega became the ultimate jailhouse convert," 30 May 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Baptistery.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baptistery. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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