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

  • noun The Christian sacrament of baptizing and naming an infant.
  • noun An inaugural ceremony in which something is declared ready for use, as when a newly built ship is named and launched.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The ceremony of baptism, especially as accompanied by the giving of the name to the infant baptized, followed by family festivities.

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

  • noun The Christian sacrament at which someone, usually a child, is baptized and given a Christian name.
  • noun Any instance of someone's or something's being christened.
  • verb Present participle of christen.

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  • noun giving a Christian name at baptism


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  • The rite was called christening, from the Greek word for anointing.


  • The rite was called christening, from the Greek word for anointing.


  • Their christening has been a tardy one, for who can tell what ages have passed since they first came into being?

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  • The christening was a great occasion, with a houseful of guests, and a great deal of speechmaking.

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  • A person with a turn for logic might argue that if God is the Father of all men, and if the child is father to the man, it follows that the true representative of God at the christening is the child itself.

    Treatise on Parents and Children

  • 'My dear young lady, it is well known that your christening was the work of your aunt, who did it unknown to your parents when she had you in her power, out of pure obstinacy to a church with which she was not in sympathy, taking you surreptitiously, and indefensibly, to the font of the Establishment; so that the rite meant and could mean nothing at all ....

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  • The christening was a very grand ceremony, in the eyes of the village folk, and everything was done in the most approved fashion.


  • A christening is a landmark in any child's life - make it something everyone will remember

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  • The christening was a disaster as Cliff Lee out-dueled CC Sabathia and the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies broke home-field advantage with a 6-1 victory.


  • Secondhand shops are prime hunting grounds for special-occasion baby and toddler clothes such as christening and holiday outfits and fancy party duds that have been worn only once or twice (if at all).

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