[ kris-uh-ning, kris-ning ]
/ ˈkrɪs ə nɪŋ, ˈkrɪs nɪŋ /


the ceremony of baptism, especially as accompanied by the giving of a name to a child.
a public ceremony in which a new ship is formally named and launched.
an act or instance of naming or dedicating something new.

Origin of christening

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at christen, -ing1

Definition for christening (2 of 2)

[ kris-uh n ]
/ ˈkrɪs ən /

verb (used with object)

to receive into the Christian church by baptism; baptize.
to give a name to at baptism: They christened her Mary.
to name and dedicate: to christen a ship.
to make use of for the first time.

Origin of christen

before 900; Middle English cristenen, Old English cristnian, derivative of cristen Christian


chris·ten·er, noun re·chris·ten, verb (used with object) un·chris·tened, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for christening (1 of 2)

/ (ˈkrɪsənɪŋ) /


the Christian sacrament of baptism or the ceremony in which this is conferred

British Dictionary definitions for christening (2 of 2)

/ (ˈkrɪsən) /

verb (tr)

to give a Christian name to in baptism as a sign of incorporation into a Christian Church
another word for baptize
to give a name to (anything), esp with some ceremony
informal to use for the first time

Derived forms of christen

christener, noun

Word Origin for christen

Old English cristnian, from Crīst Christ