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.

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Louis's past appearances have been slim, including the photo op with his parents the day he was born, his christening, and a private trip to the Chelsea Flower show with family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis Makes His Royal Public Debut at Trooping of the Colour 2019," 8 June 2019 The next time royal fans can expect to see Archie is at his christening, which is expected to take place within the next few months. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Why Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor Isn't at Trooping the Colour This Morning," 8 June 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released four official photographs to mark the christening of Prince Louis on Monday 9th July. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Louis's Christening Photos Feature a Lovely Tribute to Queen Elizabeth," 16 July 2018 Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped out earlier today in a new label—Ralph Lauren—to support her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, at Prince Louis’s christening ceremony. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Chooses Ralph Lauren for Prince Louis’s Christening," 9 July 2018 On Friday, the Swedish royals turned out for the traditional christening ceremony for Princess Adrienne. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Young Princess Leonore gets attention at her sister's christening for going barefoot," 13 June 2018 Of course, the couple are also expected to be seen at a christening for their son or daughter but this won’t be classed as an official appearance. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Maternity Leave Is “Likely to be Longer” Than Three Months," 26 Apr. 2019 Members of the Royal Family arrive at St James's Palace for the christening of Prince Louis. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Princess Charlotte Is Adorable at Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 The picture was reportedly taken earlier this month in the garden of Clarence House after the christening of his little brother, Prince Louis. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "It's Prince George's Fifth Birthday—Here's How He's Celebrating," 22 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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