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 Scott McLaughlin will make his way from Australia to St. Pete in just over two weeks for what appears to be a christening, or at least an audition, for a full-time open-wheel seat with the team next year. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar teams, tracks brace 2021's unknown: 'We need to remind everybody we're still here'," 2 Oct. 2020 Early pages cover her as a young child: on her christening, swaddled in the Honiton gown; as a teenager happily with a corgi. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Stunning, Rare Photos of a Young Queen Elizabeth," 24 Sep. 2020 Silver Cross is well-known for its Balmoral Pram ($3,999), which Middleton, 38, was photographed pushing Princess Charlotte in during her July 2015 christening. Jen Juneau,, "Strolling in Style! Silver Cross Unveils Sleek New Line of Baby Carriages — See the Designs," 17 Sep. 2020 Previously, the Sun reported that for Prince Louis's christening, Harry gifted the youngest Cambridge child a first edition of A.A Milne's classic Winnie-The-Pooh—a gesture that apparently ran him £8,000 ($10,298). Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Has Given Prince George and Princess Charlotte Some Amazing Gifts," 27 July 2020 The first came at Prince George’s christening, when the monarch smiled proudly while surrounded by her successors. Stephanie Petit,, "Queen Elizabeth and Her Three Heirs Came Together to Prepare Christmas Pudding: See the Pics!," 21 Dec. 2019 Kate Middleton showed up at Prince Louis' christening wearing a cream Alexander McQueen, fancy flowery headband, and gorgeous pearl floral earrings that completed the look in a subtle, but lovely way. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "An Inexpensive Version of Kate Middleton's Christening Earrings Is Available to Buy," 11 Oct. 2019 Just before Wimbledon, the duo attended Harry’s charity polo match, and Kate was, of course, present at baby Archie’s christening. Lydia Wang,, "Meghan & Kate Attended Wimbledon But Tabloids Only Cared About Their “Feud”," 15 July 2019 Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle gathered with close family and friends on Saturday for the christening of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby, Archie, is christened in private ceremony," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of christening

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Oct 2020

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“Christening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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