[kris-uh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to receive into the Christian church by baptism; baptize.
  2. to give a name to at baptism: They christened her Mary.
  3. to name and dedicate: to christen a ship.
  4. to make use of for the first time.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for christened

Contemporary Examples of christened

Historical Examples of christened

  • The other fellows had noticed him now, and had christened him 'Marny's Shadow.'

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • There was one born in the sky, sir, the day I was christened with a Turkish crescent.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • I'd punch anybody that christened a middle name like that onto me.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • They have banded themselves into a Sisterhood, and christened our clergy-house a 'Settlement.'

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Paine was my mother's maiden name; she was christened Comfort Paine.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for christened


verb (tr)
  1. to give a Christian name to in baptism as a sign of incorporation into a Christian Church
  2. another word for baptize
  3. to give a name to (anything), esp with some ceremony
  4. 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 christened



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper