christen

verb

chris·​ten ˈkri-sᵊn How to pronounce christen (audio)
christened; christening ˈkris-niŋ How to pronounce christen (audio)
ˈkri-sə-niŋ

transitive verb

1
a
: 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.

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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of christen was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Christen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/christen. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

christen

verb
chris·​ten ˈkris-ᵊn How to pronounce christen (audio)
christened; christening ˈkris-niŋ How to pronounce christen (audio)
-ᵊn-iŋ
1
2
a
: to name at baptism
christened the baby Robin
b
: to name or dedicate in a ceremony like that of baptism
christen a ship

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