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christening

[kris-uh-ning, kris-ning] /ˈkrɪs ə nɪŋ, ˈkrɪs nɪŋ/
noun
1.
the ceremony of baptism, especially as accompanied by the giving of a name to a child.
2.
a public ceremony in which a new ship is formally named and launched.
3.
an act or instance of naming or dedicating something new.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see christen, -ing1

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
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 christening

christening

/ˈkrɪsənɪŋ/
noun
1.
the Christian sacrament of baptism or the ceremony in which this is conferred

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 christening

Christening

n.

"act or ceremony of baptizing," c.1300, verbal noun from christen (v.). Old English had cristnung.

christen

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for christening

christen

verb

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


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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