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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Royal christenings are typically private, with only close family, friends and godparents in attendance. Erin Hill,, "Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Decided to Have a Private Christening for Archie," 6 July 2019 Royal christenings have always been a big deal in the royal family, and today's ceremony featuring baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was no different—except for how private new parents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to keep the day. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Kate Middleton's Stella McCartney Look for Archie's Christening Is Giving Us Serious Gossip Girl Vibes," 6 July 2019 HandoutGetty Images Last July, Meghan Markle attended Prince Louis' christening. Marina Liao And Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Looked Beautiful in White Dior for Archie's Christening," 6 July 2019 The christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be a small, private event with fewer than 25 friends and family members in attendance, the source said. Max Foster, CNN, "Archie, son of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to be christened Saturday," 30 June 2019 Royal christenings have taken place at several different locations. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Louis's Christening Details: The Date, Venue, and What We Know About His Godparents," 20 June 2018 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

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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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