Definition of christen
christeningplay \ˈkris-niŋ, ˈkri-sə-niŋ\
1a : baptize 1 <was christened when he was three months old>b : to name at baptism <They christened the baby Anne.>
2 : to name or dedicate (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.
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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