- 1Give (a baby) a Christian name at baptism as a sign of admission to a Christian Church: [with object and complement]: their second daughter was christened Jeanette
- 1.1Give to (someone or something) a name that reflects a notable quality or characteristic: [with object and complement]: a person so creepy that his colleagues christened him “Millipede.”More example sentences
- Since I have not been able to find a definite name for the gambit, I will temporarily christen it the ‘Kevitz Gambit,’ secure in the knowledge that if this is a blunder my readers will quickly set me straight.
- He mocked his colleagues in Congress by christening Washington the ‘city of Satan.’
- They were unofficially christened the Brown Water Navy.
- 1.2Dedicate (a vessel, building, etc.) ceremonially: their first garbage truck was christened with a bottle of champagneMore example sentences
- The Navy announced that two ships will be built and christened to memorialize 9/11 victims.
- Hence, easyCinema, a 2,000-seat, 10-screen complex that Stelios christened in May.
- I also told Alexander that a new ship, christened as the New Protector, had been built to be his new flagship and now waiting at Shipyard.
- 1.3 • informal Use for the first time: let’s get steaks and christen the new grillMore example sentences
- Brown made his Yorkshire debut in the first friendly of the season against Derbyshire at Scarborough's South Cliff Golf Club, where several new holes were christened in the inter-county exchange.
- I'm so glad I brought my walking pole, it's great for measuring bog depth before you leap in, my new boots have been well and truly christened now.
- Several drinks later, comes the worst part of the day - what seems like a half-day trek through the mud, in the dark, uphill, to our tent in the newly christened Strummer field.
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- Visitors are guided through the Paris of yesterday and today on board one of three superb glassed-over trimarans bearing the names of their famous christeners; Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Adjani.
- Launching ceremonies, including celebrity christeners, remained of personal interest to the public throughout the war.
- It was impossible that Mme Lebrun should fail - as some eminent christeners have failed - to throw the champagne bottle soon enough.
Old English crīstnian 'make Christian', from crīsten 'Christian', from Latin Christianus, from Christus 'Christ'.