christening

[ kris-uh-ning, kris-ning ]
/ ˈkrɪs ə nɪŋ, ˈkrɪs nɪŋ /

noun

the ceremony of baptism, especially as accompanied by the giving of a name to a child.
a public ceremony in which a new ship is formally named and launched.
an act or instance of naming or dedicating something new.

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Origin of christening

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at christen, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for christening

christening
/ (ˈkrɪsənɪŋ) /

noun

the Christian sacrament of baptism or the ceremony in which this is conferred
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