chris·​ten | \ ˈkri-sᵊn How to pronounce christen (audio) \
christened; christening\ ˈkris-​niŋ How to pronounce christen (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 That is when members of the Heat, Mayor Danielle Levine Cava and FTX representatives will re-christen the facility for its second title sponsor since opening in 2000. Ira Winderman,, 29 May 2021 The excitement around the opening of FC Cincinnati's TQL Stadium is intended for many individuals and groups, but perhaps less so for the FCC players that will christen the new venue on the pitch. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 15 May 2021 Amalia and Horatio christen the orphanage before the first charge, Penance, can arrive. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 17 May 2021 The Blazers christen their new digs on Oct. 2 against Hugh Freeze and his Liberty Flames. Charles Hollis, al, 6 May 2021 Yes, the name Lake Shore Drive is iconic and evocative, as opponents of the now seemingly inevitable move to re-christen the famed roadway for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable frequently remind us. Eric Zorn,, 7 May 2021 FC Cincinnati doesn't have a game during the week of May 2 but will christen its brand new TQL Stadium May 16 against Inter Miami. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 30 Apr. 2021 The Boilermakers opponent to christen Mackey that day? Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2021 Cincinnati is schedule to host Inter Miami to christen the West End Stadium on May 16. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 25 Mar. 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Christen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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