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christen

[kris-uh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to receive into the Christian church by baptism; baptize.
  2. to give a name to at baptism: They christened her Mary.
  3. to name and dedicate: to christen a ship.
  4. to make use of for the first time.

Origin of christen

before 900; Middle English cristenen, Old English cristnian, derivative of cristen Christian
Related formschris·ten·er, nounre·chris·ten, verb (used with object)un·chris·tened, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rechristened

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  • He bought her second hand, and rechristened her while she was being redecorated.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Bismarck rides his tall roan mare “Verada,” rechristened “Sadowa.”

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • The drawing-room had not only been transformed into a study; it had been rechristened 'the study.'

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • Needless to say, Bucéphale had been rechristened in his extreme old age.

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

  • So Elliot, who possibly lacked originality, rechristened him Rover.

    The Dogs of Boytown

    Walter A. Dyer


British Dictionary definitions for rechristened

christen

verb (tr)
  1. to give a Christian name to in baptism as a sign of incorporation into a Christian Church
  2. another word for baptize
  3. to give a name to (anything), esp with some ceremony
  4. informal to use for the first time
Derived Formschristener, noun

Word Origin

Old English cristnian, from Crīst Christ
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Word Origin and History for rechristened

christen

v.

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.

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