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Definition of christen verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    christen

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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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 somebody/something This area has been christened ‘Britain'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.
  4. Word OriginOld English crīstnian ‘make Christian’, from crīsten ‘Christian’, from Latin Christianus, from Christus ‘Christ’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: christen