chris·​ten·​ing | \ ˈkris-niŋ How to pronounce christening (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web On Sunday, the 95-year-old monarch attended the joint christening for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's son, August, 9 months, and Zara and Mike Tindall's son Lucas, 8 months. Nicholas Rice,, 21 Nov. 2021 Above them, the Rev. Giovanni Mammino, the city’s vicar general, came out of the St. John the Baptist church after celebrating a christening. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Brady's wife, supermodel Gisele B¨ündchen, arrived in New England ahead of her husband to attend their nephew's christening on Saturday afternoon. Juliet Pennington,, 4 Oct. 2021 The reborn mall even had a christening of sorts when it officially was unveiled in 1987 and the comedian Gallagher smashed watermelons with his trademark Sledge-O-Matic from a balcony before a packed amphitheater crowd. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Sep. 2021 The christening had been scheduled for late July but was postponed due to Levin's illness. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 27 Sep. 2021 Sofia was likely busy with the couple's three sons, including Prince Julian, who was born in March and just had his royal christening last month! Stephanie Petit,, 8 Sep. 2021 At its dedication in 2000, Keith Jones, the director of the Pulaski County transit agency at the time, called it the christening of a 20-year-old dream. Noel Oman, Arkansas Online, 23 Aug. 2021 El Capitan’s Savigon Yokley accounted for 6 TDs to spoil the christening of Canyon Hills’ start with a new school name. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of christening

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Christening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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