- 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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- 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 christened
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