Christian

1
[ kris-chuh n ]
/ ˈkrɪs tʃən /
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adjective

noun


Origin of Christian

1
1250–1300; < Latin Chrīstiānus < Greek Chrīstiānós, equivalent to Chrīst(ós) Christ + -iānos < Latin -iānus -ian; replacing Middle English, Old English cristen < Latin, as above

Christian

2
[ kris-chuh n ]
/ ˈkrɪs tʃən /

noun

Charlie,1916–42, U.S. jazz guitarist.

Christian IX

noun

1818–1906, king of Denmark 1863–1906.

Christian X

noun

1870–1947, king of Denmark 1912–47.
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British Dictionary definitions for christian

Christian

1
/ (ˈkrɪstʃən) /

noun

  1. a person who believes in and follows Jesus Christ
  2. a member of a Christian Church or denomination
informal a person who possesses Christian virtues, esp practical ones

adjective

of, relating to, or derived from Jesus Christ, his teachings, example, or his followers
(sometimes not capital) exhibiting kindness or goodness
Derived FormsChristianly, adjective, adverb

Christian

2
/ (ˈkrɪstʃən) /

noun

Charlie. 1919–42, US jazz guitarist

Christian X

noun

1890–1947, king of Denmark (1912–47) and Iceland (1918–44)
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Word Origin and History for christian

Christian

n., adj.

16c., forms replacing earlier Christen, from Old English cristen (noun and adjective), from a West Germanic borrowing of Church Latin christianus, from Ecclesiastical Greek christianos, from Christos (see Christ). First used in Antioch, according to Acts xi:25-26. Christian Science as the name of a religious sect is from 1863.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for christian

Christian

A follower or disciple of Jesus; someone who believes Jesus is the Christ or Messiah. The New Testament mentions that the followers of Jesus were first called Christians within a few years after his death.

Christian

A follower of Jesus and his teachings. Christian is also a descriptive term for the institutions and practices of Christianity.

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