[kris-uh n]

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.

Origin of christen

before 900; Middle English cristenen, Old English cristnian, derivative of cristen Christian
Related formschris·ten·er, nounre·chris·ten, verb (used with object)un·chris·tened, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rechristened

Contemporary Examples of rechristened

  • The temple was recently rechristened Radha Madhav Dham, and the board was also overhauled.

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    The Fugitive Guru

    Ben Crair

    June 21, 2011

Historical Examples of rechristened

  • 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

    Arnold Bennett

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for rechristened


verb (tr)

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 Formschristener, noun

Word Origin for christen

Old English cristnian, from Crīst Christ
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Word Origin and History for rechristened



c.1200, from Old English cristnian "to baptize," literally "to make Christian," from cristen "Christian" (see Christian). General meaning of "to name" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Christened; christening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper