- 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.
Origin of christen
before 900; Middle English cristenen, Old English cristnian, derivative of cristen Christian
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Examples from the Web for rechristened
The temple was recently rechristened Radha Madhav Dham, and the board was also overhauled.The Fugitive Guru
June 21, 2011
He bought her second hand, and rechristened her while she was being redecorated.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Bismarck rides his tall roan mare “Verada,” rechristened “Sadowa.”Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
The drawing-room had not only been transformed into a study; it had been rechristened 'the study.'A Great Man
Needless to say, Bucéphale had been rechristened in his extreme old age.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
So Elliot, who possibly lacked originality, rechristened him Rover.The Dogs of Boytown
Walter A. Dyer
- 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
Old English cristnian, from Crīst Christ
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Word Origin and History for rechristened
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