chris·​ten | \ ˈkri-sᵊn How to pronounce christen (audio) \
christened; christening\ ˈkris-​niŋ How to pronounce christening (audio) , ˈkri-​sə-​niŋ \

Definition of christen

transitive verb

1a : baptize sense 1 was christened when he was three months old
b : to name at baptism They christened the baby Anne.
2 : to name or dedicate (something, such as a ship) by a ceremony that often involves breaking a bottle of champagne
3 : name sense 1 The newspaper christened her as the reigning Queen of Tennis.
4 : to use for the first time They christened the new ballpark with a win.

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Examples of christen in a Sentence

He was christened when he was three months old. They christened the baby Anna. The politician was chosen to christen a new ship. The newspaper has christened her as the reigning Queen of Tennis. They christened the new ball park with a win.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Cowboys are slated to help the Rams christen the first regular-season game played in SoFi Stadium on Sept. 13. David Moore, Dallas News, "Cowboys schedule takeaways: Dallas gets a cushy start before facing a tough slate at season’s end," 7 May 2020 Institutions in China, the U.S., Europe and Australia are all working on a vaccine for the current outbreak of coronavirus disease that the World Health Organization has christened COVID-19. Kelly Cannon, ABC News, "Health experts warn life-saving coronavirus vaccine still years away," 22 Feb. 2020 Like his siblings, Prince Louis was christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Archie Harrison's Christening Is Very Different From George, Charlotte, and Louis'," 6 July 2019 But Juan Soto christened the fifth with a triple and scored when Anthony Rendon singled just beyond the reach of Dansby Swanson. Gabriel Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Defensive miscues spoil Dallas Keuchel's Braves debut," 21 June 2019 What distinguishes One World Trade Center—or, The Freedom Tower, as it was christened during its early stages of development—from the city's other famous structures is also what links them. Wired, "Depth of Field: The Shared Memory of One World Trade Center," 12 Sep. 2019 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were sadly absent from the occasion due to a prior engagement, which was also the case when Prince Louis was christened in 2018. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Archie's Christening Photos Are So Much Like the Cambridge Children's Portraits," 7 July 2019 When baby Archie, who was born May 6, is christened on July 6, the milestone will unfold in Queen Elizabeth‘s private chapel at Windsor Castle. Michelle Tauber,, "Why Meghan and Harry Chose the Queen's 'Peaceful' Private Chapel for Baby Archie's Christening," 1 July 2019 But she was christened back in London at the Royal Chapel at St. James’s Palace. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Who Is Maud Windsor? What to Know About Princess Eugenie’s Adorable Bridesmaid," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of christen

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for christen

Middle English cristnen, from Old English cristnian, from cristen Christian, from Latin christianus

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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Christen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of christen

: to baptize (someone)
: to name (someone) at baptism
: to officially give (something, such as a ship) a name in a ceremony that often involves breaking a bottle of champagne


chris·​ten | \ ˈkri-sᵊn How to pronounce christen (audio) \
christened; christening

Kids Definition of christen

2 : to name at baptism The parents christened the baby Robin.
3 : name entry 2 sense 1 … it would be a long time before they forgot the giant, three-headed dog he'd christened “Fluffy.”— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets
4 : to name or dedicate (as a ship) in a ceremony

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