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
Me, on the other hand, I like to be creative and "christen" things what I like.
As for your admonition to allow a creator to "christen" their own creation, I have no problem with that provided there is no contextual conflict with an already existing naming convention.
Sculptor David Adickes will 'christen' his latest work (it's not an unveiling because the statues are too big to veil) Thursday night at his studio.
Nature's Human Nature, 'owever you fake' er up an 'christen' er!
They made a feast, or a meal, of the supper; and some use baptism just to give a child a name, -- to "christen" it, as they say, -- in mere compliance with a custom.
Of particular interest is the last formula for christening, which doesn't use the word "christen" at all; instead, the minister "dedicates" the child/ren.
Headlines such as "On a regular test drive, you're not allowed to 'christen' the back seat" are paired with ad copy that plays into the MTF theme, with specific messages of performance, fuel efficiency, and handling.
However, as soon as he got alongside the captain and Mr Marline, they both shook hands with him, in order to give him a proper welcome to his new station, and the steward singing out a few minutes afterwards that dinner was ready, he was invited down into the cabin to "christen" his promotion, as it were, by partaking of that meal, in token of his being admitted to a social equality with his superior officers.
i thought you and john were going to "christen" your new sofa with "watching movies"
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