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[kris-uh n] /ˈkrɪs ən/
verb (used with object)
to receive into the Christian church by baptism; baptize.
to give a name to at baptism:
They christened her Mary.
to name and dedicate:
to christen a ship.
to make use of for the first time.
Origin of christen
before 900; Middle English cristenen, Old English cristnian, derivative of cristen Christian
Related forms
christener, noun
rechristen, verb (used with object)
unchristened, adjective Unabridged
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  • These men, christened "Copperheads," became more odious to loyal Northerners than were the avowed Secessionists.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II John T. Morse
  • He says he's never been christened before, and what's it like?

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • The baby might be christened in Macbeth's caldron; and Harry and harlequin ought certainly to be godfathers.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • They are one and all christened in the bush by any European they may ask for a name.

  • It was christened John, because all dunces and upstarts are named John.

British Dictionary definitions for christened


verb (transitive)
to give a Christian name to in baptism as a sign of incorporation into a Christian Church
another word for baptize
to give a name to (anything), esp with some ceremony
(informal) to use for the first time
Derived Forms
christener, noun
Word Origin
Old English cristnian, from CrīstChrist
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Word Origin and History for christened



c.1200, from Old English cristnian "to baptize," literally "to make Christian," from cristen "Christian" (see Christian). General meaning of "to name" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Christened; christening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for christened



To use for the first time: let's christen the new bed (1990+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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