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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The christening of Ravel comes just two months after Crystal christened its fourth river ship, Crystal Debussy, at a ceremony in Amsterdam. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Crystal Cruises river ship, Crystal Ravel, christened on Danube," 11 July 2018 While some Americans preserve the top tier of their wedding cake to eat on their first anniversary, the British custom is to serve the wedding cake each time a child of the couple is christened. Maura Hohman, ajc, "Why Kate and William served 7-year-old cake at Prince Louis' christening," 11 July 2018 The christening will take place at Chapel Royal, where Prince George was christened as well. Cady Lang, Time, "Here's Who Prince Louis' Godparents Are — And No, It's Not Meghan and Harry," 9 July 2018 But here’s a question: Why is Supreme, the brand the CFDA recently christened the Menswear Designer of the Year, completely missing from the schedule? Steff Yotka, Vogue, "You Won’t Find America's Menswear Designer of the Year at NYFW Men’s," 9 July 2018 The public got a new glimpse of Prince William and Kate’s third child on Monday, when Prince Louis was christened at a service at the Chapel Royal in St. James’ Palace in London. Ew Staff,, "See all the photos of Prince William, Kate, and more at Prince Louis' christening," 9 July 2018 The baby will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Has Worn Alexander McQueen to All of Her Children's Christenings," 9 July 2018 MSC Cruises christened its newest ship this weekend, celebrating the 5,331-passenger MSC Seaview during an over the top ceremony in Genoa. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "'MSC Seaview': The World’s Newest Cruise Ship," 11 June 2018 When it was christened by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and launched for sea trials on May 8, 1962, the craft was the nation’s largest Polaris missile firing submarine, said NavSource, an online archive of submarine photos and information. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Louis J. Cameron Sr., 92, shipbuilder and musician," 31 May 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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