• To perform the religious act of baptism upon; to baptize.
  • To name.
  • To Christianize.
  • To use for the first time.
  • To douse or wet with blood, urine, tears, or other liquid.


  • From Middle English cristenen, cristnien, from Old English cristnian ("to christen, baptise"), from cristen + -nian. Cognate with Dutch kerstenen ("to christen"), Middle Low German kristenen, kerstenen, karstenen, Danish kristne ("to christen") Swedish kristna ("to christen"), Icelandic kristna ("to christen").

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