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
In keeping with tradition, the defending men’s champ christened Centre Court at 1:00 p.m. on the opening day of the tournament.
Christianity is represented by George Washington’s christening robe from 1732, the George Mason family baptismal bowl (also used for chilling wine), Thomas Jefferson’s modified personal Bible and the cloak of Quaker minister Lucretia Mott.
Last year, the festival christened a new space called Party Cove, a socializing area with shade.
Her colorful salads were christened with plenty of Wonder Valley olive oil, of course.
That’s when 4-year-old Peggy McLaughlin christened the first boat by pouring a bottle of milk over its bow.
Last year, a law passed by Parliament aimed at shrinking the number of regions combined the Languedoc, or Languedoc-Roussillon, as it was officially known, with the Midi-Pyrénées to its west and christened it Occitanie.
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.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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: 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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