Etymology
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christen (v.)

c. 1200, "to baptize into the Christian church," from Old English cristnian "to baptize," literally "to make Christian," from cristen "Christian" (see Christian). Especially to baptize and name as an infant, hence "give a name to at baptism" (mid-15c.) and the general sense of "give a name to" anything, without reference to baptism (1530s). Related: Christened; christening.

updated on November 16, 2017

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Definitions of christen from WordNet

christen (v.)
administer baptism to;
Synonyms: baptize / baptise
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