christen

[kris-uh n]

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.

Nearby words

  1. christadelphian,
  2. christchurch,
  3. christchurch chromosome,
  4. christcross,
  5. christcross-row,
  6. christendom,
  7. christening,
  8. christensen-krabbe disease,
  9. christer,
  10. christhood

Origin of christen

before 900; Middle English cristenen, Old English cristnian, derivative of cristen Christian

Related formschris·ten·er, nounre·chris·ten, verb (used with object)un·chris·tened, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for christen

christen

verb (tr)

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 Formschristener, noun

Word Origin for christen

Old English cristnian, from Crīst Christ

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Word Origin and History for christen

christen

v.

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.

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