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[bap-tuh-stree, -tis-tuh-ree]
noun, plural bap·tis·ter·ies.
  1. a building or a part of a church in which baptism is administered.
  2. (especially in Baptist churches) a tank for administering baptism by immersion.
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Origin of baptistery

1425–75; < Late Latin baptistērium < Greek baptistḗrion bathing place (see Baptist, -ery); replacing late Middle English baptizatory < Medieval Latin baptizātōrium
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Historical Examples of baptistery

  • Probably it was a combination of baptistery with tomb-church.

    The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church

    A. Hamilton Thompson

  • This was done, and the Baptistery was erected in its first form.

  • The Baptistery was built by Magister Diotisalvi, somewhere about 1152.

  • Guido was then called to Pisa, to sculpture the altar and font in the Baptistery there.

  • It has been suggested that one was a baptistery, the other a vesting-room.

    The Story of Brussels

    Ernest Gilliat-Smith