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 In a frenzy of competitive energy, the city’s guilds lavished attention on its unfinished cathedral, its neighboring baptistery and the former granary-turned-church of Orsanmichele. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Its sixth-century baptistery is said to be one of the best examples of its kind in the country. Julia Buckley, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 The men changed clothes in a dressing room on one side of the baptistery; women on the other. New York Times, 29 Nov. 2021 There is no longer a permanent pastor, though, and the full-immersion baptistery has fallen out of use. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 The Neonian Baptistry, one of eight UNESCO monuments in the city, is considered one of the most complete surviving examples of an early Christian baptistery. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Built on ruins of a 4th-century Roman temple, the building became the city’s cathedral in 1059 and eventually the official baptistery in 1128. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Apr. 2021 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, 20 Aug. 2019 Visitors can purchase combination tickets that include entrance to multiple attractions, including the baptistery. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, 20 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of baptistery

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Baptistery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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