Definition of baptism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbæptɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæptɪzəm//
Babies, Religious ceremonies
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  • a Christian ceremony in which a few drops of water are poured on somebody or they are covered with water, to welcome them into the Christian Church and often to name them compare christening See related entries: Babies, Religious ceremonies
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French baptesme, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek baptismos ‘ceremonial washing’, from baptizein ‘immerse, baptize’.Idioms a difficult introduction to a new job or activity See related entries: Religious ceremonies
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: baptism