Meaning of “christen” in the English Dictionary

"christen" in British English

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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)

"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 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)