- 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
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Examples from the Web for christen
“There are members of the Jackson family that have been from the beginning against Paris doing this film,” Christen says.
“The other person we had to convince to agree was her grandmother Katherine,” Christen says.
“We had access to the French medical files from Percy and those files were really well done,” Christen says.
Christen says their strict criteria for involvement were all met.
Strange what names folks 'll christen onto children, ain't it?Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
At the priest's orders they rushed forward to christen it; it was all they were good for.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
I did stop yer honours, and we did christen that baby, both inside and out.
"I'll christen my colt Wyck," said Hil, as they turned in for the night.
I mind the time well, for I was called to christen the babe.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- 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
Old English cristnian, from Crīst Christ
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Word Origin and History for christen
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