Meaning of “Christian” in the English Dictionary

"Christian" in British English

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Christianadjective

uk /ˈkrɪs.tʃən/ /ˈkrɪs.ti.ən/ us /ˈkrɪs.tʃən/ /ˈkrɪs.ti.ən/

of or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ:

a Christian charity/organization
the Christian faith

used to describe a person or action that is good, kind, helpful, etc.

More examples

  • Missionaries spread the Christian religion.
  • He is a priest in the Christian church.
  • His Christian faith is central to his life.

Christiannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkrɪs.tʃən/ /ˈkrɪs.ti.ən/ us /ˈkrɪs.tʃən/ /ˈkrɪs.ti.ən/

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

"Christian" in American English

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Christiannoun [ C ]

us /ˈkrɪs·tʃən/

a person who follows or belongs to a religion based on the worship of one God and the teachings of Jesus Christ as described in the Bible:

The Roman Catholic Church is the largest of the Christian churches.

Christianadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈkrɪs·tʃən/

following or belonging to the Christian religion

If you describe a person or a person’s actions as Christian, you mean that he or she acts according to Christian principles of goodness and kindness toward others:

It wasn’t very Christian of you to make him walk home in this rain.

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