[ krahyst ]

  1. Jesus of Nazareth, held by Christians to be the fulfillment of prophecies in the Old Testament regarding the eventual coming of a Messiah.

  2. the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament (used chiefly in versions of the New Testament).

  1. someone regarded as similar to Jesus of Nazareth.

  1. Sometimes Offensive. (used as an oath or strong expression of disbelief, dismay, awe, disappointment, pain, etc.)

Origin of Christ

Learned respelling of Middle English, Old English Crīst<Latin Chrīstus<Greek chrīstos anointed, translation of Hebrew māshīaḥ anointed, Messiah

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How to use Christ in a sentence

  • The blessings of time and eternity constitute the part of the promise offered to believers, through Christ.

  • Only they who are without Christ, are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise.

  • Had this stupendous miracle no effect upon the Jewish priests who had crucified Christ as an impostor?

    God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
  • The Gentiles shall seek and find Christ, but the Jews will persecute him, and be rejected, only a remnant shall be reserved.

  • The bisection of the victim symbolized Christ slain and affording access to God through himself.

British Dictionary definitions for Christ


/ (kraɪst) /

  1. Jesus of Nazareth (Jesus Christ), regarded by Christians as fulfilling Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah

  2. the Messiah or anointed one of God as the subject of Old Testament prophecies

  1. an image or picture of Christ

  1. taboo, slang an oath expressing annoyance, surprise, etc

Origin of Christ

Old English Crīst, from Latin Chrīstus, from Greek khristos anointed one (from khriein to anoint), translating Hebrew māshīah Messiah

Derived forms of Christ

  • Christly, adjective

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Cultural definitions for Christ (1 of 2)


A title for Jesus meaning “Messiah” or “anointed one.”


A title by which Christians (see also Christian) refer to Jesus. The word is a Greek translation of the Hebrew messiah, meaning “the anointed one.”

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