[ kris-uhn ]
See synonyms for: christenchristenedchristening on

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.

  1. to name and dedicate: to christen a ship.

  2. to make use of for the first time.

Origin of christen

before 900; Middle English cristenen,Old English cristnian, derivative of cristenChristian

Other words from christen

  • chris·ten·er, noun
  • re·chris·ten, verb (used with object)
  • un·chris·tened, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use christen in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for christen


/ (ˈkrɪsən) /

  1. to give a Christian name to in baptism as a sign of incorporation into a Christian Church

  2. another word for baptize

  1. to give a name to (anything), esp with some ceremony

  2. informal to use for the first time

Origin of christen

Old English cristnian, from Crīst Christ

Derived forms of christen

  • christener, noun

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