from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A part of a church or a separate building used for baptizing.
- n. A font used for baptism.
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- n. Alternative spelling of baptistry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In early times, a separate building, usually polygonal, used for baptismal services. Small churches were often changed into baptisteries when larger churches were built near.
- n. A part of a church containing a font and used for baptismal services.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A building or a portion of a building in which is administered the rite of baptism.
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- n. bowl for baptismal water
Middle English baptisterie, from Old French, from Late Latin baptistērium, from Greek baptistērion, from baptizein, to baptize; see baptize.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)