[ krahyst ]
/ kraɪst /
Jesus of Nazareth, held by Christians to be the fulfillment of prophecies in the Old Testament regarding the eventual coming of a Messiah.
the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament (used chiefly in versions of the New Testament).
someone regarded as similar to Jesus of Nazareth.
Sometimes Offensive. (used as an oath or strong expression of disbelief, dismay, awe, disappointment, pain, etc.)
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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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British Dictionary definitions for christ
/ (kraɪst) /
Jesus of Nazareth (Jesus Christ), regarded by Christians as fulfilling Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah
the Messiah or anointed one of God as the subject of Old Testament prophecies
an image or picture of Christ
taboo, slang an oath expressing annoyance, surprise, etc
See also Jesus
Derived FormsChristly, adjective
Word Origin for Christ
Old English Crīst, from Latin Chrīstus, from Greek khristos anointed one (from khriein to anoint), translating Hebrew māshīah Messiah
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Culture definitions for christ (1 of 2)
Culture definitions for christ (2 of 2)
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