bap·​tis·​tery ˈbap-tə-strē How to pronounce baptistery (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈbab-
variants or baptistry
plural baptisteries or baptistries
: a part of a church or formerly a separate building used for baptism

Examples of baptistery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The typical baptistery is behind and above the pulpit, with stairs on the side leading off to a hidden dressing room. New York Times, 29 Nov. 2021 The descendants of Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor of New Amsterdam, paid for the baptistery’s construction. William J. Broad George Etheredge, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2022 Some of the production crew were mystified to see an immersion baptistery. William Thornton |, al, 9 Oct. 2022 The original tiles in the sacristy and in the baptistery were not able to be saved, however, because they were ruined by flooding in the aftermath of firefighting efforts. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Baptistery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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