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christen

[kris-uh n] /ˈkrɪs ən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to receive into the Christian church by baptism; baptize.
2.
to give a name to at baptism:
They christened her Mary.
3.
to name and dedicate:
to christen a ship.
4.
to make use of for the first time.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English cristenen, Old English cristnian, derivative of cristen Christian
Related forms
christener, noun
rechristen, verb (used with object)
unchristened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rechristening

christen

/ˈkrɪsən/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give a Christian name to in baptism as a sign of incorporation into a Christian Church
2.
another word for baptize
3.
to give a name to (anything), esp with some ceremony
4.
(informal) to use for the first time
Derived Forms
christener, noun
Word Origin
Old English cristnian, from CrīstChrist
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Word Origin and History for rechristening
christen
O.E. cristnian "make Christian," from W.Gmc., from L. christianus (see Christian). General meaning of "to name" is attested from mid-15c.
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Slang definitions & phrases for rechristening

christen

verb

To use for the first time: let's christen the new bed (1990+)


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