Christian name

`Christian ,name noun count MAINLY BRITISH
someone's first name, or other name they have been given that is different from their family name:
Her Christian name is Elizabeth.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

(as distinguished from the family name or surname), ,

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  • Christian name — Christian Chris tian, a. 1. Pertaining to Christ or his religion; as, Christian people. [1913 Webster] 3. Pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical; as, a Christian court. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 4. Characteristic of Christian people;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Christian name — n a person s first name, especially when they are given this name in a Christian religious ceremony ▪ She didn t like children to call her by her Christian name …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Christian name — Name Name (n[=a]m), n. [AS. nama; akin to D. naam, OS. & OHG. namo, G. name, Icel. nafn, for namn, Dan. navn, Sw. namn, Goth. nam[=o], L. nomen (perh. influenced by noscere, gnoscere, to learn to know), Gr. o mona, Scr. n[=a]man. [root]267. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Christian name — Christian names N COUNT Some people refer to their first names as their Christian names. Despite my attempts to get him to call me by my Christian name he insisted on addressing me as Mr Kennedy . Syn: given name, forename …   English dictionary

  • Christian name — n. the baptismal name or given name, as distinguished from the surname or family name …   English World dictionary

  • Christian name — In a multicultural society such as Britain and the USA have become, this term should be avoided in favour of the culturally neutral first name or forename. In AmE given name is also used …   Modern English usage

  • Christian name — ► NOUN ▪ a forename, especially one given at baptism …   English terms dictionary

  • Christian name — noun the first name given to Christians at birth or christening • Syn: ↑baptismal name • Hypernyms: ↑first name, ↑given name, ↑forename * * * noun, pl ⋯ names [count] : a person s first name : the name given to a person when the person is born or …   Useful english dictionary

  • Christian name — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms Christian name : singular Christian name plural Christian names someone s first name, or other name they have been given that is different from their family name Her Christian name is Elizabeth …   English dictionary

  • Christian name — noun a forename, especially one given at baptism. Usage In recognition of the fact that English speaking societies have many religions and cultures, not just Christian ones, the term Christian name has largely given way, at least in official… …   English new terms dictionary

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