Meaning of “baptism” in the English Dictionary

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"baptism" in British English

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baptismnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈbæp.tɪ.zəm/ us /ˈbæp.tɪ.zəm/

a Christian ceremony in which a person has water poured on their head, or is covered for a very short time in water, in order to show that that person has become a member of the Christian Church:

infant baptism

(Definition of “baptism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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baptismnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbæpˌtɪz·əm/ /ˈbæb-/

a Christian ceremony in which water is poured over someone’s head or the person is briefly covered completely by water, and is named as a Christian:

We’re hoping to be able to get to Pasadena for the baptism of our grandson.

(Definition of “baptism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)