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christen

[ kris-uhn ]
/ ˈkrɪs ən /
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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.
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Origin of christen

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

OTHER WORDS FROM christen

chris·ten·er, nounre·chris·ten, verb (used with object)un·chris·tened, adjective
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How to use christen in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for christen

christen
/ (ˈkrɪsən) /

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 forms of christen

christener, noun

Word Origin for christen

Old English cristnian, from Crīst Christ
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