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.
Recent Examples on the Web While Cairns can’t comment on whether a third layer of William and Kate’s wedding cake will be served at the christening of Royal Baby No. 3 later this year, she was involved with both Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s christenings. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Baker Reveals What It's Really Like to Make a Royal Wedding Cake," 21 Apr. 2021 The wreath was made by Willow Crossley, the same designer who worked on the couple's 2018 wedding reception as well as Archie's christening. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Here's How Meghan Markle Honored Prince Philip's Memory From Home," 17 Apr. 2021 Harry also opted for the sleek J. Crew outfit for his son's christening in July 2019. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry's Oprah Interview Outfit Pays Tribute to His Son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor," 8 Mar. 2021 Hazen joins a number of landmarks targeted for re-christening in Northwest Washington, including a Chevy Chase fountain named for Francis G. Newlands, a racist senator who died in 1917, and Woodrow Wilson High School. Washington Post, "A ‘city father’ tried to erase a Black neighborhood. Now the neighborhood wants to erase him.," 6 Mar. 2021 Last season ended in a wedding; this season finale gives us the christening of hot widow Jane’s baby, to whom Austin is godfather. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Dickinson Season-Finale Recap: Burn After Reading," 26 Feb. 2021 Cruise Critic will attend the American Countess christening and sail on its first cruise. Chris Gray Faust, USA TODAY, "American Cruise Lines, American Queen Steamboat Company are first lines to resume sailing in US waters," 13 Mar. 2021 By mid-November, reporters had made a lurid christening: The Croydon Cat Killer was on the prowl. Longreads, "Don’t F**K With the Pet Detectives," 10 Mar. 2021 While the whole town attends the christening of Jane’s baby, Emily fights to get her poems back from Sam. Washington Post, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of christening

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2021

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“Christening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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