[ kris-uhn ]
/ ˈkrɪs ən /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of christen
before 900; Middle English cristenen,Old English cristnian, derivative of cristenChristian
OTHER WORDS FROM christenchris·ten·er, nounre·chris·ten, verb (used with object)un·chris·tened, adjective
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How to use christen in a sentence
The temple was recently rechristened Radha Madhav Dham, and the board was also overhauled.The Fugitive Guru|Ben Crair|June 21, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Denin had rechristened himself by this time “John Sanbourne.”Where the Path Breaks|Charles de Crspigny
"But I don't want to be rechristened, Harry," rejoined the Duchess, looking up at him with her wonderful eyes.The Picture of Dorian Gray|Oscar Wilde
Companies were rechristened batteries in connection with the change of service.The Old First Massachusetts Coast Artillery in War and Peace|Frederick Morse Cutler
I have rechristened "Johnny Glaik" for the sake of the rhyme, and anglicised the few Scotticisms.More English Fairy Tales|Various
He has rechristened Baby Stevie's pet name; but it has never sounded so enchanting before.A Little Girl of Long Ago|Amanda Millie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for christen
/ (ˈkrɪsən) /
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
Derived forms of christenchristener, noun
Word Origin for christen
Old English cristnian, from Crīst Christ
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