Definition of christen
christeningplay \ˈkris-niŋ, ˈkri-sə-niŋ\
1a : baptize 1 was christened when he was three months oldb : 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 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.
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.
Recent Examples of christen from the Web
The event will begin with a dock christening at 8 a.m. June 10 by St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina.
Even before April's official grand opening christened the museum with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a concert by the current incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band, fans had been coming from as far away as Australia and Japan.
Christened Wednesday morning at an announcement at the University of Chicago, the Parker Solar Probe has been on NASA’s docket since the space agency’s inception.
Meraviglia will be christened on June 3 in Le Havre, France before taking up residence in the Mediterranean.
Shake Shack, the fast casual burger joint, christens the new location at 11 a.m. near the north entrance of Florida Mall, the shopping center at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail.
Before heading for Europe, Morgan flew the bomber to Memphis, where Polk christened it with a bottle of champagne amid much fanfare.
Tonight's action will feature only women's events, and has been christened Joan Benoit Samuelson Night.
The top-level branches were eventually christened .com, .mil, .edu, .net, .org, and .int, with a parallel branching of two-letter country codes.
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Origin and Etymology of christen
Middle English cristnen, from Old English cristnian, from cristen Christian, from Latin christianus
First Known Use: before 12th century
CHRISTEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of christen for English Language Learners
: 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
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