[ kris-uh-ning, kris-ning ]
See synonyms for: christeningchristenings on

  1. the ceremony of baptism, especially as accompanied by the giving of a name to a child.

  2. a public ceremony in which a new ship is formally named and launched.

  1. an act or instance of naming or dedicating something new.

Origin of christening

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at christen, -ing1

Words Nearby christening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use christening in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for christening


/ (ˈkrɪsənɪŋ) /

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

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