Christen Chris"ten, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Christened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Christening}.] [AS. cristnian to make a Christian, fr. cristen a Christian.] [1913 Webster] 1. To baptize and give a Christian name to. [1913 Webster]

2. To give a name; to denominate. ``Christen the thing what you will.'' --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

3. To Christianize. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

4. To use for the first time. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

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