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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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Examples from the Web for rechristened
Contemporary Examples
  • The temple was recently rechristened Radha Madhav Dham, and the board was also overhauled.

Historical Examples
  • 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
  • This was his flagship Pelican, which he had rechristened the Golden Hind.

    History of California Helen Elliott Bandini
  • In this manner nearly the whole of Grant's discoveries were rechristened.

  • She was subsequently raised, rebuilt, and rechristened the Umatilla.

    The Columbia River William Denison Lyman
  • He rechristened that joyous art Feckshin, and lashed its living professors.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for rechristened


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 rechristened



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 rechristened



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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