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"christen" in British English

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christenverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkrɪs.ən/
  • christen verb [T] (GIVE NAME)

to give a ​baby a ​name at a ​Christianceremony and make him or her a ​member of the ​Christian Church: She's being christened in ​June. [+ noun] She was christened Maria. to give a ​person a ​namebased on a ​characteristic that they have: We christened him "Slowcoach" because he took so ​long to do anything.
(Definition of christen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"christen" in American English

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christenverb [T]

 us   /ˈkrɪs·ən/
to ​call a ​person, esp. a ​baby, a ​Christian through the ​ceremony of ​baptism and by naming the ​person: The ​parents christened ​their second ​child Maria. If a ​ship is christened, it is ​officially given ​itsname: The First ​Lady christened the ​ship, “USS Arizona.” If you christen something new, you use it for the first ​time: I’m going to christen my new ​golfclubs this ​week.
christening
noun [C]  us   /ˈkrɪs·ə·nɪŋ/
We ​celebrated the christening of my boss’s new ​baby in ​grandstyle.
(Definition of christen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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