Definition of christening 

: the ceremony of baptizing and naming a child

Examples of christening in a Sentence

The whole family was invited to the christening.

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Charlotte was clearly looking forward to the christening after party — and made sure to keep the guest list in check! Erin Hill,, "Did Princess Charlotte Tell Off Photographers at Prince Louis' Christening?," 12 July 2018 See her full look here: The style was similar to the baby blue shirtdress Pippa wore to Louis's christening earlier this week. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Just Wore the Perfect Summer Shirtdress to Wimbledon," 11 July 2018 And the Queen, Air Commodore-in-Chief of the RAF, also appeared at the anniversary event, even a day after missing Prince Louis’ christening. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Kate Middleton Broke Maternity Leave to Attend the Royal Air Force Anniversary," 10 July 2018 After attending the christening of Prince Louis on Monday and celebrating the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force on Tuesday, the couple spent Wednesday touring Dublin to close out their two-day Ireland visit. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "People Can't Figure Out Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Need All These Water Bottles," 11 July 2018 The outing comes just a day after the Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the christening of her littlest prince, Louis. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Makes Surprise Appearance at RAF Centenary," 10 July 2018 The Duke and Duchess just celebrated the christening of their youngest child, Prince Louis, at St. James' Palace yesterday, which saw family members like Pippa and James Middleton, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Prince Charles. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Catches Prince William Laughing in Westminster Abbey," 10 July 2018 Yesterday, the royal family—minus the queen and Prince Philip, who had other commitments—turned up to celebrate the christening of Prince William and Kate Middleton's youngest son, Prince Louis. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Watch Princess Charlotte Tell Photographers They're 'Not Coming' to Her Brother's Christening," 10 July 2018 Aunt Meghan is already confirmed to attend the christening today. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Prince William and Kate Middleton Picked Prince Louis's Godparents," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of christening

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of christening

: the ceremony of baptizing and naming a child

: the official ceremony in which something (such as a ship) is named


chris·​ten·​ing | \ˈkri-sniŋ, ˈkri-sᵊn-iŋ\

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