chris·​ten·​ing | \ ˈkris-niŋ, ˈkri-sə-niŋ\

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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And royal fans will remember it as the setting for Princess Charlotte's christening in 2015. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About St Mary Magdalene, the Church the Royal Family Visits on Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018 Charles's room showcases more portraits and photos, including a picture from George's christening... ... and one from the wedding day of his son and daughter-in-law, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Charles Shares Never-Before-Seen Photo With Prince William and Prince George," 20 July 2018 Princess Charlotte appeared to have a cheeky message for photographers outside her baby brother, Prince Louis’ royal christening on Monday. Erin Hill,, "Did Princess Charlotte Tell Off Photographers at Prince Louis' Christening?," 12 July 2018 Actress Dorothy Lamour performed a christening of sorts, shattering a bottle of water across an anchor, one that allegedly belonged to the notorious 19th-century French pirate Jean Lafitte and still stands there today. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Fifty Years Ago, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Revolutionized Theme Park Rides," 17 Mar. 2017 Consider the christening of our new professional hockey team. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Whose stadium is it? They tell us it’s ours, only not when it comes to selling the big money name," 12 Dec. 2018 On Sunday, Kensington Palace released four official portraits of Prince Louis’s christening. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Holds a Laughing Prince Louis in the Most Candid Royal Family Portrait Yet," 16 July 2018 That includes setting the intimate tone of the christening despite the grandeur of the surroundings. Simon Perry,, "How Kate Middleton Is ‘Leading the Way Behind the Scenes’," 11 July 2018 The godparents of little Prince Louis were announced on Monday, June 9th, ahead of the royal baby’s christening. Cady Lang, Time, "Here's Who Prince Louis' Godparents Are — And No, It's Not Meghan and Harry," 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


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