chris·​ten | \ ˈkri-sᵊn How to pronounce christen (audio) \
christened; christening\ ˈkris-​niŋ How to pronounce christening (audio) , ˈkri-​sə-​niŋ \

Definition of christen

transitive verb

1a : baptize sense 1 was christened when he was three months old
b : to name at baptism They christened the baby Anne.
2 : to name or dedicate (something, such as a ship) by a ceremony that often involves breaking a bottle of champagne
3 : name sense 1 The newspaper christened her as the reigning Queen of Tennis.
4 : to use for the first time They christened the new ballpark with a win.

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Examples of christen in a Sentence

He was christened when he was three months old. They christened the baby Anna. The politician was chosen to christen a new ship. The newspaper has christened her as the reigning Queen of Tennis. They christened the new ball park with a win.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Meghan and Harry chose a memorable photo from their first royal tour together, while Kate and William opted to share one of Prince Louis' official christening shots. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, & Prince William Just Sent the Sweetest Thank You Cards," 19 Jan. 2019 Prince Louis has stayed out of the public eye since he was born in April and christened the following summer, but Kate has happily dropped some tidbits about her youngest child during her frequent engagements. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Gives an Exciting Update About Prince Louis," 29 Jan. 2019 Prince William and Kate Middleton are serving seven-year old treat as Prince Louis’s christening cake at the party, proving the royal family’s commitment to both tradition—and recycling. Melissa Locker, Time, "Here's One Royal Tradition You Won't Be Following. Everyone’s Eating 7-Year-Old Cake at Prince Louis’s Christening," 9 July 2018 Hamilton’s farmhouse, the Grange, figures prominently in the Mile 10 section, exploring a part of town that modern real-estate developers have christened Hamilton Heights. Clyde Haberman, New York Times, "America’s Most Famous Street," 30 Apr. 2018 As gCaptain reports, the ship is expected to be christened in the spring of 2019. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As the Final Zumwalt-Class Stealth Destroyer Launches, the Ships’ Fate Remains Unclear," 11 Dec. 2018 Louis is Kate and William's third child to be christened by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Here's How Prince Louis' Christening Compares to George and Charlotte's," 9 July 2018 And according to new reports, there are several royal family traditions that Prince Louis' christening will recognize, and one such tradition involves the Lily Font, which will contain the water used to christen the little prince. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis' Christening Will Feature Three Important Royal Family Traditions," 8 July 2018 Duchess Kate stayed home with the couple's three children, including baby Prince Louis, who was born in April (and is to be christened on July 9 at at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace in London). Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince William charms tense Middle East on first-ever official visit by British royal to Israel," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of christen

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for christen

Middle English cristnen, from Old English cristnian, from cristen Christian, from Latin christianus

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The first known use of christen was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of christen

: to baptize (someone)
: to name (someone) at baptism
: to officially give (something, such as a ship) a name in a ceremony that often involves breaking a bottle of champagne


chris·​ten | \ ˈkri-sᵊn How to pronounce christen (audio) \
christened; christening

Kids Definition of christen

2 : to name at baptism The parents christened the baby Robin.
3 : name entry 2 sense 1 … it would be a long time before they forgot the giant, three-headed dog he'd christened “Fluffy.”— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets
4 : to name or dedicate (as a ship) in a ceremony

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