- 1to give a name to a baby at his or her baptism to welcome him or her into the Christian Church christen somebody + noun The child was christened Mary. christen somebody Did you have your children christened?
- 2christen somebody/something (+ noun) to give a name to somebody/something This area has been christened ‘Britain's last wilderness’. They christened the boat ‘Oceania’.
- 3christen something (informal) to use something for the first time Let’s have a drink to christen our new wine glasses. Word Origin Old English crīstnian ‘make Christian’, from crīsten ‘Christian’, from Latin Christianus, from Christus
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪsn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪsn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they christen
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪsn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪsn//he / she / it christens
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪsnz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪsnz//past simple christened
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪsnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪsnd//past participle christened
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪsnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪsnd//-ing form christening
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪsnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪsnɪŋ//