- 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?
- 2 christen somebody/something (+ noun) to give a name to someone or something This area has been christened “America'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.
NAmE//ˈkrɪsn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they christen
he / she / it christens
past simple christened
-ing form christening