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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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bowl for baptismal water

Etymologies

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)

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