christen

verb
chris·​ten | \ ˈkri-sᵊn How to pronounce christen (audio) \
christened; christening\ ˈkris-​niŋ How to pronounce christening (audio) , 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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Across California, communities are tucked against hillsides and along ravines where western winds are so powerful, they are christened with their own names. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Some saw deadly Camp Fire as the 'new normal.' Experts say we already know how to prevent a repeat," 22 July 2019 Peyton Fulford for The New York Times It has been christened the marrot. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Arby’s Has an Answer to Plant-Based Meat: A Meat-Based Carrot," 16 July 2019 And famed photographer Mario Testino snapped the official portrait for the prince’s second birthday at Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "What's Different About Prince George's 6th Birthday Portraits," 21 July 2019 At his christening his grandfather had given him a tract of farmland, somewhere near Bethel, called Ivy Island. James Parker, The Atlantic, "The Spectacular P. T. Barnum," 19 July 2019 And while Americans have christened the spring and summer as rosé season, the blush wine, with its full range of profiles, shouldn’t be limited to only the warmer months of the year. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al.com, "Here’s how to make two rosé cocktails inspired by Seasons 52," 19 July 2019 Zofia Sendler, already the mother of two sons and a daughter, christened and renamed her. Bart Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, "Anita Epstein, who chronicled her infancy during the Holocaust, dies at 76," 13 July 2019 Zofia Sendler, already the mother of two sons and a daughter, christened and renamed Anita Anya Kasperkevitch. Bart Barnes, Washington Post, "Anita Epstein, who chronicled her infancy during the Holocaust, dies at 76," 9 July 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opted to forgo public spectacle and keep Archie's christening a very, very private affair with a reported guest list of fewer than 25 people. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Paid Tribute to Princess Diana at Archie Harrison's Christening," 7 July 2019

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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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christen

verb

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

christen

verb
chris·​ten | \ ˈkri-sᵊn How to pronounce christen (audio) \
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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