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baptistery

[bap-tuh-stree, -tis-tuh-ree] /ˈbæp tə stri, -tɪs tə ri/
noun, plural baptisteries.
1.
a building or a part of a church in which baptism is administered.
2.
(especially in Baptist churches) a tank for administering baptism by immersion.
Origin of baptistery
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; < Late Latin baptistērium < Greek baptistḗrion bathing place (see Baptist, -ery); replacing late Middle English baptizatory < Medieval Latin baptizātōrium
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