christen
transitive verb (christened; christening) Etymology: Middle English cristnen, from Old English cristnian, from cristen Christian, from Latin christianus Date: before 12th century 1. a. baptize 1 b. to name at baptism 2. to name or dedicate (as a ship) by a ceremony suggestive of baptism 3. name 1 4. to use for the first time

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  • Christen — Chris ten, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Christened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Christening}.] [AS. cristnian to make a Christian, fr. cristen a Christian.] [1913 Webster] 1. To baptize and give a Christian name to. [1913 Webster] 2. To give a name; to denominate …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • christen — *baptize …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • christen — [v] named in religious rite asperse, baptize, bless, call, dedicate, denominate, designate, dub, entitle, godparent, immerse, sprinkle, style, term, title; concepts 62,367 …   New thesaurus

  • christen — ► VERB 1) name (a baby) at baptism as a sign of admission to a Christian Church. 2) informal use for the first time. DERIVATIVES christening noun. ORIGIN Old English «make Christian», from Latin Christus Christ …   English terms dictionary

  • christen — [kris′ən] vt. [ME cristnen < OE cristnian: see CHRISTIAN] 1. to take into a Christian church by baptism; baptize 2. to give a name to at baptism 3. to give a name to (a ship being launched, etc.) 4. Informal to make use of for the first time …   English World dictionary

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