A name given to an individual that distinguishes him or her from other members of the same family and is used as an address of familiarity; a forename, especially one given at baptism.
- The chumminess of members referring to each other by their Christian names in debate is meant to signify democratic informality.
- I always called him ‘boss’, never by his Christian name.
- May I also draw attention to the unacceptable use of initials, instead of full Christian names.
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