christen

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verb chris·ten \ˈkri-sən\

Definition of christen

christened

;

christening

play \ˈkris-niŋ, ˈkri-sə-niŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  baptize 1 was christened when he was three months oldb :  to name at baptism They christened the baby Anne.

  3. 2 :  to name or dedicate (as a ship) by a ceremony that often involves breaking a bottle of champagne

  4. 3 :  name 1 The newspaper christened her as the reigning Queen of Tennis.

  5. 4 :  to use for the first time They christened the new ballpark with a win.

Examples of christen in a sentence

  1. He was christened when he was three months old.

  2. They christened the baby Anna.

  3. The politician was chosen to christen a new ship.

  4. The newspaper has christened her as the reigning Queen of Tennis.

  5. They christened the new ball park with a win.

Origin and Etymology of christen

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


CHRISTEN Defined for English Language Learners

christen

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verb chris·ten \ˈkri-sən\

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


CHRISTEN Defined for Kids

christen

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verb chris·ten \ˈkri-sən\

Definition of christen for Students

christened

;

christening

  1. 1 :  baptize 1

  2. 2 :  to name at baptism The parents christened the baby Robin.

  3. 3 :  2name 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. 4 :  to name or dedicate (as a ship) in a ceremony



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