chris·​ten | \ˈkri-sᵊn \
christened; christening\ˈkris-​niŋ, 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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Which isn’t to say that the concept went away — Rolls-Royce announced plans for a completely autonomous military ship last year, and military research agency DARPA christened an autonomous warship called the Sea Hunter in 2016. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Darren Aronofsky’s Pi day: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 14 July 2018 The original robe was commissioned by Queen Victoria for her eldest daughter Princess Victoria, who was christened in 1841. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Louis' godparents named, including Prince William and Prince Harry's close friend, Nicholas van Cutsem," 9 July 2018 After the dedication program, Northwest’s first Boeing Stratocruiser airliner is christened. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "A station could be making firefighters sick, Sue Bird makes history and more rescues from the Thai cave | Monday Morning Brief, July 9," 9 July 2018 Quarterback recruit Jacob Sirmon and junior Jacob Eason were christened Sirm and Eas. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "How Bad Is the Jacob Glut? Half Your Staff Must Be Renamed," 3 Oct. 2018 Prince William, Prince Charles and the queen, for example, were all christened in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Louis' christening: Pippa, godparents arrive to honor third royal baby," 9 July 2018 The iconic bridge, with one Z, was christened in 1960 in honor of the 16th-century explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, with two Zs. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Verrazano? With an Extra Z," 7 June 2018 The Prince of Wales hosted baby Prince Louis's christening party at Clarence house, which all the Middletons attended as well. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Play Shopkeepers with Grandma Carole Middleton at Her Party Planning Company," 24 July 2018 The images show the Duchess of Cambridge being christened on June 20, 1982. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Here's the Special Meaning Behind Prince Louis' Christening Date," 8 July 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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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 \
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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