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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kris-uh n]
    • /ˈkrɪs ən/
    • /ˈkrɪs.ən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kris-uh n]
    • /ˈkrɪs ən/

Definitions of christen word

  • verb christen When a baby is christened, he or she is given a name during the Christian ceremony of baptism. Compare baptize. 3
  • verb christen You say that you christen a person, place, or object a particular name if you choose a name for them and start calling them by that name. 3
  • verb christen You say that you christen something new when you use it for the first time, especially if you do something special to mark the occasion. 3
  • verb christen to give a Christian name to in baptism as a sign of incorporation into a Christian Church 3
  • verb christen to give a name to (anything), esp with some ceremony 3
  • verb christen to use for the first time 3

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Origin of christen

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English cristenen, Old English cristnian, derivative of cristen Christian

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Christen


christen popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

christen usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for christen

verb christen

  • bless — When someone such as a priest blesses people or things, he asks for God's favour and protection for them.
  • term — a word or phrase that has a specific or precise meaning within a given discipline or field and might have a different meaning in common usage: Set is a term of art used by mathematicians, and burden of proof is a term of art used by lawyers.
  • immerse — to plunge into or place under a liquid; dip; sink.
  • denominate — to give a specific name to; designate
  • title — a clause in the 1972 Education Act stating that no one shall because of sex be denied the benefits of any educational program of activity that receives direct federal aid.

Antonyms for christen

verb christen

  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.

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