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.
- chris·ten·er, noun
- re·chris·ten, verb (used with object)
- un·chris·tened, adjective
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How to use christen in a sentence
I was baking my own bread months before the pandemic made it trendy, thanks to my decision to christen 2020 the Year of Bread.How Goal-Oriented Cooking Can Cure Your Kitchen Boredom | Missy Frederick | February 1, 2021 | Eater
They’ve leaned up against a wall in my apartment since September as I impatiently waited for enough snow to christen them, and this month I finally got my chance.
My two daughters, studying high school physics at the time, christened her “Quark.”Traveling through the pandemic in the company of dogs | Walter Nicklin | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
You probably haven’t had to christen your own giant panda cub, but there’s a good chance you’ve had a pet you had to choose a name for.The name game: For these pets, inspiration came in many forms | John Kelly | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
A Star Trek fan since the age of 12, Stamets christened his new house Starship Agarikon—agarikon is another name for Laricifomes officinalis, a medicinal wood-rotting fungus that grows in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.The Fungal Evangelist Who Would Save the Bees - Issue 90: Something Green | Merlin Sheldrake | September 23, 2020 | Nautilus
The King returns to Cleveland, a battered Kobe battles in the West, and the Zen Master is christened the savior of New York.2014 NBA Preview: Skinny LeBron and the Racist Ghost of Donald Sterling | Robert Silverman | October 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The middle class woman entered marriage as an individual and was christened into a new identity: as one half of a unit couple.'Ghostbusters' and the Slow Emancipation of Female-Driven Comedy | Teo Bugbee | August 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Compare this with the menu at Botin, christened by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest restaurant in the world.Rodrigo de la Calle Is Spain’s Vegetable Whisperer | Kara Cutruzzula | March 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Only then was Shakespeare christened a genius, and the term was also used to describe living figures like Benjamin Franklin.
They considered the rakers program highly successful, and christened it the “Demographics Unit.”9 Secrets of the NYPD’s Spy Unit Revealed in ‘Enemies Within’ | Abby Haglage | August 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Perhaps you remember that when Alila was christened there was a good supply of tuba at the feast.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
I have recently found out that she was christened Tabitha—or, anyhow, would have been, if the clergyman had known his job.First Plays | A. A. Milne
The King had his young daughter very magnificently christened by Archbishop Cranmer.The Childhood of Distinguished Women | Selina A. Bower
This little girl was christened Amelia, after her mother, who taught and trained her both wisely and well.The Childhood of Distinguished Women | Selina A. Bower
There was a private baptism in his library one Sunday afternoon, and she was christened Amy Eudora.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for christen
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
- christener, noun
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