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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On Monday, Prince Louis' christening took place at Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace in London. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Channels Meghan Markle in Dolce & Gabbana at Wimbledon," 15 July 2018 The christening of Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge, son of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge Prince William took place on July 9. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Prince Louis Is Officially Christened: See the First Photos," 9 July 2018 The royal christening took place at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London, which is also where Meghan was recently baptized., "Here's Why Pippa Middleton's Custom Christening Dress Looked Familiar," 9 July 2018 Kensington Palace announced last month that Prince Louis' christening will take place at the Chapel Royal of St. James’s Palace in London. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Here's the Special Meaning Behind Prince Louis' Christening Date," 8 July 2018 Baby Sussex’s christening will be a another major royal event in the calendar. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What to Expect From the British Royal Family in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 Prince Louis' christening truly was a family affair. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Photo of Prince Louis Smiling at His Christening Is Just Delightful," 16 July 2018 And because today’s christening wasn’t exactly an official royal engagement, there was likely less pressure for the couple to hold back from PDA. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Adorably Held Hands at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 The elevated headband made its Middleton debut at Prince Louis' christening on July 9, 2018. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Has a New Signature Look: The Hatband," 13 Jan. 2019

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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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