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Definition of christen verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they christen
    he / she / it christens
    past simple christened
    -ing form christening
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  1. 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. 2christen 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.”
  3. 3christen something (informal) to use something for the first time Let's have a drink to christen our new wine glasses.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: christen