from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To baptize into a Christian church.
  • transitive v. To give a name to at baptism.
  • transitive v. To name: christened the kitten "Snowball.”
  • transitive v. To name and dedicate ceremonially: christen a ship.
  • transitive v. To use for the first time: christened the new car by going for a drive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To perform the religious act of the baptism, to baptise.
  • v. To name.
  • v. To Christianize.
  • v. To use for the first time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To baptize and give a Christian name to.
  • transitive v. To give a name; to denominate.
  • transitive v. To Christianize.
  • transitive v. To use for the first time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To baptize into the Christian church.
  • Specifically To baptize under a newly conferred name, especially in infancy; baptize and name as an infant.
  • In general, to name; denominate; give a name to.
  • To Christianize.
  • To engrave new names and marks on (stolen watches, silver plate, etc.) after obliterating the old, in order to prevent identification.
  • n. Earlier form of Christian .

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

  • v. administer baptism to


Middle English cristnen, from Old English cristnian, from cristen, Christian; see Christian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Christ +‎ -en (Wiktionary)


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