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[kris-chuh n]
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  1. of, relating to, or derived from Jesus Christ or His teachings: a Christian faith.
  2. of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ: Spain is a Christian country.
  3. of or relating to Christians: many Christian deaths in the Crusades.
  4. exhibiting a spirit proper to a follower of Jesus Christ; Christlike: She displayed true Christian charity.
  5. decent; respectable: They gave him a good Christian burial.
  6. human; not brutal; humane: Such behavior isn't Christian.
  1. a person who believes in Jesus Christ; adherent of Christianity.
  2. a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ: He died like a true Christian.
  3. a member of any of certain Protestant churches, as the Disciples of Christ and the Plymouth Brethren.
  4. the hero of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
  5. a male given name.

Origin of Christian1

1250–1300; < Latin Chrīstiānus < Greek Chrīstiānós, equivalent to Chrīst(ós) Christ + -iānos < Latin -iānus -ian; replacing Middle English, Old English cristen < Latin, as above


[kris-chuh n]
  1. Charlie,1916–42, U.S. jazz guitarist.

Christian IX

  1. 1818–1906, king of Denmark 1863–1906.

Christian X

  1. 1870–1947, king of Denmark 1912–47.
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Examples from the Web for christian

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  • One might have been a model for the seraphs of Christian faith, the other an Olympian deity.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Now, that's healthy doin's fur a two-fisted Christian, ain't it?

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Mr. Malbone would hardly imagine you had been bred in a Christian land.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Christian Greece weaker than at any time since she became a kingdom.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Do, some kind Christian, pump a stroke or two, just to wet my whistle.

British Dictionary definitions for christian


    1. a person who believes in and follows Jesus Christ
    2. a member of a Christian Church or denomination
  1. informal a person who possesses Christian virtues, esp practical ones
  1. of, relating to, or derived from Jesus Christ, his teachings, example, or his followers
  2. (sometimes not capital) exhibiting kindness or goodness
Derived FormsChristianly, adjective, adverb


  1. Charlie. 1919–42, US jazz guitarist

Christian X

  1. 1890–1947, king of Denmark (1912–47) and Iceland (1918–44)
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Word Origin and History for christian


n., adj.

16c., forms replacing earlier Christen, from Old English cristen (noun and adjective), from a West Germanic borrowing of Church Latin christianus, from Ecclesiastical Greek christianos, from Christos (see Christ). First used in Antioch, according to Acts xi:25-26. Christian Science as the name of a religious sect is from 1863.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

christian in Culture


A follower or disciple of Jesus; someone who believes Jesus is the Christ or Messiah. The New Testament mentions that the followers of Jesus were first called Christians within a few years after his death.


A follower of Jesus and his teachings. Christian is also a descriptive term for the institutions and practices of Christianity.

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