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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Christians considered as a group.
  • noun The portion of the world in which Christianity is the dominant religion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The profession of faith in Christ by baptism; hence, adoption of faith in Christ; personal Christianity; baptism.
  • noun The part of the world in which the Christian religion predominates; the Christian world.
  • noun The whole body of Christians.
  • noun [lowercase] The name received at baptism; hence, any name or epithet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete The profession of faith in Christ by baptism; hence, the Christian religion, or the adoption of it.
  • noun obsolete The name received at baptism; or, more generally, any name or appelation.
  • noun That portion of the world in which Christianity prevails, or which is governed under Christian institutions, in distinction from heathen or Mohammedan lands.
  • noun The whole body of Christians.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete The name received at baptism; any name or appellation.

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

  • noun the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia)

Etymologies

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

[Middle English Cristendom, from Old English cristendōm : cristen, Christian; see Christian + -dōm, -dom.]

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Old English cristendōm, corresponding to Christian +‎ -dom.

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