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christenverb [T]

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

to give a baby a name at a Christian ceremony 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 name based 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)

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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 its name: 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 golf clubs this week.
christening
noun [C] us   /ˈkrɪs·ə·nɪŋ/
We celebrated the christening of my boss’s new baby in grand style.
(Definition of christen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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