from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Professing belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
- adj. Relating to or derived from Jesus or Jesus's teachings.
- adj. Manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus; Christlike.
- adj. Relating to or characteristic of Christianity or its adherents.
- adj. Showing a loving concern for others; humane.
- n. One who professes belief in Jesus as Christ or follows the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
- n. One who lives according to the teachings of Jesus.
- Christian, Charlie 1916-1942. American jazz guitarist and blues singer. One of the first to amplify the guitar, he influenced its emergence as a solo instrument in jazz.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A believer in Christianity.
- n. An individual who seeks to live his or her life according to the principles and values taught by Jesus Christ.
- proper n. A male given name found in England since the twelfth century.
- proper n. A female given name of medieval usage, rare today.
- proper n. A patronymic surname.
- adj. Of, like or relating to Christianity or Christians.
- adj. Kind, charitable; moral; a term of approbation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who believes, or professes or is assumed to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by Him; especially, one whose inward and outward life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ.
- n. One born in a Christian country or of Christian parents, and who has not definitely becomes an adherent of an opposing system.
- n. One of a Christian denomination which rejects human creeds as bases of fellowship, and sectarian names. They are congregational in church government, and baptize by immersion. They are also called Disciples of Christ, and Campbellites.
- n. One of a sect (called Christian Connection) of open-communion immersionists. The Bible is their only authoritative rule of faith and practice.
- adj. Pertaining to Christ or his religion.
- adj. Pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical.
- adj. Characteristic of Christian people; civilized; kind; kindly; gentle; beneficent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or derived from Christ or his teachings: as, the Christian religion.
- Received into the body of the church of Christ; acting in the manner, or having the spiritual character, proper to a follower of Christ: as, a Christian man.
- Having adopted or believing in the religion of Christ: as, a Christian nation; a Christian community.
- In accord with or exhibiting the spirit of the teachings of Christ: as, Christian conduct.
- 5. Ecclesiastical.
- n. A believer in and follower of Jesus Christ; a member of a Christian church.
- n. Specifically, one who possesses the spiritual character proper to a follower of Christ; one who exemplifies in his life the teachings of Christ.
- n. A member of a nation which, as a whole, has adopted some form of Christianity: opposed to pagan, Moslem, and Jew.
- n. A civilized human being, as distinguished from a savage or a brute.
- n. (Generally pronounced, distinctively, krīs′ tian.) A member of an American sect which arose between 1793 and 1804 among the Methodists of North Carolina, the Baptists of Vermont, and the Presbyterians of Kentucky and Tennessee.
- n. A member of a religious sect, properly designated Disciples of Christ (which see, under disciple).
- n. A member of Christ's College, Cambridge, or of Christ Church, Oxford.
- To baptize.
- n. A gold coin first struck in 1775 by Christian VII. of Denmark as duke of Holstein, of the value of a pistole, or about $4.12. Also christian d'or.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination
- adj. following the teachings or manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus Christ
- adj. relating to or characteristic of Christianity
Middle English Cristen, from Old English cristen, from Latin Chrīstiānus, from Chrīstus, Christ; see Christ.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
c. 1590, from Latin Christianus, from Ancient Greek Χριστιανός (Christianos), from Χριστός (Christos, "Christ, anointed one") + -ιανός (-ianos, "of, related to"); as if Christ + -ian. (Wiktionary)