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 Origin Old English crīstnian ‘make Christian’, from crīsten ‘Christian’, from Latin Christianus, from Christus ‘Christ’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: christen