Definition of Christian in English:


Syllabification: Chris·tian
Pronunciation: /ˈkrisCHən


  • 1Of, relating to, or professing Christianity or its teachings: the Christian Church
    More example sentences
    • Now we may see the great Christian doctrine that in Christ God somehow or other acted to save the world.
    • Be patient and pray earnestly and faithfully for your Christian brother or sister.
    • Ultimately for him, all social planning had to be evaluated in the light of the Christian gospel.
  • 1.1 informal Having or showing qualities associated with Christians, especially those of decency, kindness, and fairness.
    More example sentences
    • By this stage Scriven had settled in a part of Ontario and was known for his acts of Christian kindness.
    • He was a very fine young man with a great sense of fairness and Christian compassion.
    • Christian honesty demands that we allow each tradition to tell its own story - the denominational differences are great enough without creating false differences through caricature.


Back to top  
  • A person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings.
    More example sentences
    • He found stronger churches manned by keener Christians, and came back encouraged.
    • They are ordinary people who have become Christians by trusting in Jesus Christ.
    • Church is the term for a community of Christians who share a specific set of beliefs.



Pronunciation: /ˌkrisCHənəˈzāSHən/
More example sentences
  • By and large, slave holders through the early nineteenth century were hostile to, suspicious of, or largely indifferent to the Christianization of the enslaved given the religion's egalitarian aspects.
  • In the aftermath of the Spanish-American War in 1898, these Disciples believed America stood poised to play a significant role in the Christianization and elevation of the world.
  • The Anglo-Saxons, Christianized from Rome, Francia, and Ireland, thought they had a duty to evangelize their continental cousins without realizing quite how much Christianization had already taken place.


More example sentences
  • In Christianity some want to take over the world and Christianise the government and the people so that after it is done Christ will come back.
  • Stark claims, strikingly, that Scandinavia and Latin America have never been properly Christianized.
  • Lithuania soon became one of the largest kingdoms in medieval Europe and remained pagan despite attempts by the Catholics and the Orthodox church to Christianize it.


More example sentences
  • Neuhaus, in contrast, is firmly convinced that reason can be deployed by Christians to convince non-Christians that they, too, ought to want Christianly desirable things in the public sphere.
  • Our Money & Faith channel includes articles and interviews related to faith and personal finance, while our Faith in the Workplace channel offers articles on living Christianly at work.
  • In this case, the use of the term ‘contextual’ risks falling prey to a sociological tautology, whose indeterminacy allows the word free movement into Christianly unwelcome territories.


late Middle English: from Latin Christianus, from Greek Christianos (see Christ).

More definitions of Christian

Definition of Christian in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space