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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

  • n. Earlier form of Christian .
  • 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.

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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