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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Prince Harry is honoring his mom in a lot of ways, from his public work to his son's christening. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Archie Harrison's Nursery Has a Picture of Princess Diana, Apparently," 29 Aug. 2019 He wasn’t invited to last Saturday’s christening of his new grandson, the son of his daughter, Duchess Meghan, and Prince Harry of Sussex. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Racing starts next week, but Del Mar’s Joe Harper already is a winner," 11 July 2019 The couple also barred the media from witnessing the arrival of guests to Archie’s christening, another break with tradition. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Meghan Markle was a ‘nightmare’ for Wimbledon officials by wearing jeans and her ‘paranoia’ about photos, report says," 10 July 2019 Now, people are saying the earrings Middleton wore to the christening were somehow a dig at Markle. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Earrings Kate Middleton Wore to Archie's Christening Are Causing So Much Drama," 9 July 2019 This Saturday marks the christening of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Rare Footage Shows Prince William Stealing the Spotlight at Prince Harry's Christening," 6 July 2019 Diana’s sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, 64, and Lady Jane Fellowes, 62, feature prominently in the family portrait taken at Windsor Castle when Harry and Meghan celebrated the christening of their son, Archie Harrison, last month. Erin Hill,, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Paid Tribute to Princess Diana on Instagram for the First Time," 9 Aug. 2019 At his christening, Archie wore a replica of the Honiton lace and satin gown commissioned by Queen Victoria for the baptism of her namesake daughter in 1841. Jasmin Malik Chua, Vox, "Royal baby Archie will have a huge impact on Britain’s economy," 18 July 2019 The family has shared pictures of Archie after his birth, for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day on Instagram, and most recently for his christening on Saturday. Time, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Brought the Kids to a Polo Match," 10 July 2019

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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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