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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But this week Prince Louis was finally back in the public eye for his christening. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "For the Royal-Obsessed, a New Cut T-Shirt," 13 July 2018 Prince George and Princess Charlotte wore it for their own christenings in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Maura Hohman, ajc, "Why Kate and William served 7-year-old cake at Prince Louis' christening," 11 July 2018 Prince Louis had a big day on Monday as family and close friends gathered for his royal christening. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Prince William, Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan gather for Prince Louis' christening," 10 July 2018 The youngest member of the British royal family—little Prince Louis—will be making his first public appearance today since leaving the hospital with his mom and dad, Prince William and Kate Middleton, for a special event: his christening. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Aren't Prince Louis' Godparents—Here's Why," 9 July 2018 His royal christening marks his second public appearance. Erin Hill,, "See the Royal Family of 5! Will, Kate, George and Charlotte Arrive at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 But royal fans won't have to wait too much longer to see the littlest member of Prince William and Duchess Kate's family; his christening will likely be later this summer. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "When Will Prince Louis's Christening Be?," 12 June 2018 The Queen and Prince Phillip are both too ill to attend the christening of their latest great-grandson, Prince Louis. Jonathan Wilson,, "England's World Cup Run, Southgate Represent More for a Nation in Political Upheaval," 12 July 2018 Louis wore the same christening gown used by his siblings — a lace and satin robe made by the queen's dresser, Angela Kelly, that is a replica of an 1841 robe made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter. Nardine Saad,, "Britain's Prince Louis is christened in London," 9 July 2018

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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


chris·ten·ing | \ ˈkri-sniŋ , ˈkri-sᵊn-iŋ \

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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