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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The queen also didn’t attend Prince Louis’ christening, so that’s not exactly a surprise. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Photos of Royal Baby Archie at His Christening Are Here," 6 July 2019 Here, a Tyrolean dress, there, a row of authentic Scottish tartan kilts, plus Victorian christening gowns, opera gloves, LPs . . Pamela Wright,, "Skip the T-shirt shops, already: Thrift(y) shopping on the Cape," 23 July 2019 For Holding Archie The pair will certainly have plenty of baby stories to swap at the premiere, as Meghan recently celebrated baby Archie’s christening, while twin babies Rumi and Sir just celebrated their second birthday in June. Tara Edwards,, "At Long Last, Beyoncé & Meghan Markle Finally Met At The Lion King Premiere," 15 July 2019 There will be no media photos of the couple arriving with their baby dressed in the royal christening gown, a replica of the silk dress Queen Victoria made for her first baby in 1841. Ed Brackett, USA TODAY, "USWNT vs. Netherlands, Southern California earthquake, Essence Fest: 5 things to know this weekend," 6 July 2019 Matt Holyoak photographed the baby, born April 23, in a cream, frilly lace royal christening gown, a replica of the 1841 original worn by Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, USA Today reported. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Prince Louis' official royal christening photos unveiled," 16 July 2018 By wearing them to Harry's son's christening, Kate could include a piece of Princess Diana in the official photos, even if Archie's grandmother couldn't be there. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore Princess Diana's Pearl Earrings to Archie's Christening," 8 July 2019 Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Harry and Meghan stir new debate about royal privilege by refusing to identify Archie’s godparents," 8 July 2019 And Kate's choice couldn't be more apt, as Diana famously wore the earrings to Prince Harry's christening. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton’s Sweet Tribute to Princess Diana at Archie’s Christening," 7 July 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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