chris·​ten·​ing ˈkris-niŋ How to pronounce christening (audio)
: the ceremony of baptizing and naming a child

Examples of christening in a Sentence

The whole family was invited to the christening.
Recent Examples on the Web The photographer has been behind many portraits of the Prince and Princess of Wales' family through the years, including Prince George's third birthday photos, a sweet image captured at Prince Louis' 2018 christening and snaps of the family of five used for their annual Christmas cards. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 24 June 2024 The Princess’s earrings, meanwhile, come courtesy of jeweler Cassandra Goad, and were previously worn by the royal at Prince Louis’s christening. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 15 June 2024 The monarch, 75, is Hugh's godfather and was present at his christening in 1991. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 7 June 2024 Named for Queen Elizabeth II’s nickname among family and close friends, Lilibet was first referred to with her royal title early last year during her christening in March 2023. Jami Ganz, New York Daily News, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for christening 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of christening was in the 14th century

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“Christening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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: the ceremony of baptizing and naming a child
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