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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kris-uh-ning, kris-ning]
    • /ˈkrɪs ə nɪŋ, ˈkrɪs nɪŋ/
    • /ˈkrɪs.ən.ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kris-uh-ning, kris-ning]
    • /ˈkrɪs ə nɪŋ, ˈkrɪs nɪŋ/

Definitions of christening word

  • countable noun christening A christening is a Christian ceremony in which a baby is made a member of the Christian church and is officially given his or her name. Compare baptism. 3
  • noun christening the Christian sacrament of baptism or the ceremony in which this is conferred 3
  • noun christening the Christian act or ceremony of baptizing and giving a name to an infant; baptism 3
  • noun christening the ceremony of baptism, especially as accompanied by the giving of a name to a child. 1
  • noun christening a public ceremony in which a new ship is formally named and launched. 1
  • noun christening an act or instance of naming or dedicating something new. 1

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Origin of christening

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at christen, -ing1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Christening


christening popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% 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".

christening usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for christening

adjective christening

  • baptismal — Baptismal means relating to or connected with baptism.
  • naming — a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known.
  • ceremonial — Something that is ceremonial relates to a ceremony or is used in a ceremony.
  • ritual — an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite.
  • sacramental — of, relating to, or of the nature of a sacrament, especially the sacrament of the Eucharist.

noun christening

  • baptism — A baptism is a Christian ceremony in which a person is baptized. Compare christening.
  • ceremony — A ceremony is a formal event such as a wedding.
  • rite — a formal or ceremonial act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious or other solemn use: rites of baptism; sacrificial rites.
  • launch — to set (a boat or ship) in the water.
  • inauguration — an act or ceremony of inaugurating.

Antonyms for christening

noun christening

  • funeral — the ceremonies for a dead person prior to burial or cremation; obsequies.
  • obit — Informal. an obituary.

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