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Christian

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[ kris-chuhn ]
/ ˈkrɪs tʃən /
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adjective

noun

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Origin of Christian

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

Definition for Christian (2 of 2)

Christian2
[ kris-chuhn ]
/ ˈkrɪs tʃən /

noun

Charlie, 1916–42, U.S. jazz guitarist.
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British Dictionary definitions for Christian (1 of 2)

Christian1
/ (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 forms of Christian

Christianly, adjective, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for Christian (2 of 2)

Christian2
/ (ˈkrɪstʃən) /

noun

Charlie. 1919–42, US jazz guitarist
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Cultural definitions for Christian (1 of 2)

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.

Cultural definitions for Christian (2 of 2)

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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