What does Christian mean?

Definitions for Christianˈkrɪs tʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Christian.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Christian(adj)

    a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination

  2. Christian(adj)

    relating to or characteristic of Christianity

    "Christian rites"

  3. christian(adj)

    following the teachings or manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus Christ


  1. Christian(Noun)

    A believer in Christianity.

  2. Christian(Noun)

    An individual who seeks to live his or her life according to the principles and values taught by Jesus Christ.

  3. Christian(Noun)

    An individual who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

  4. Christian(Adjective)

    Of, like or relating to Christianity or Christians.

  5. Christian(Adjective)

    Kind, charitable, or generous.

    That's very Christian of you.

  6. Christian(Adjective)

    Righteous, ethical or moral.

  7. Christian(ProperNoun)

    found in England since the twelfth century.

  8. Christian(ProperNoun)

    of medieval usage, rare today.

  9. Origin: c. 1590, from Christianus, from Χριστιανός, from Χριστός + -ιανός; as if .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Christian(noun)

    one who believes, or professes or is assumed to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by Him; especially, one whose inward and outward life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ

  2. Christian(noun)

    one born in a Christian country or of Christian parents, and who has not definitely becomes an adherent of an opposing system

  3. Christian(noun)

    one of a Christian denomination which rejects human creeds as bases of fellowship, and sectarian names. They are congregational in church government, and baptize by immersion. They are also called Disciples of Christ, and Campbellites

  4. Christian(noun)

    one of a sect (called Christian Connection) of open-communion immersionists. The Bible is their only authoritative rule of faith and practice

  5. Christian(adj)

    pertaining to Christ or his religion; as, Christian people

  6. Christian(adj)

    pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical; as, a Christian court

  7. Christian(adj)

    characteristic of Christian people; civilized; kind; kindly; gentle; beneficent

  8. Origin: [L. christianus, Gr. ; cf. AS. cristen. See Christ.]


  1. Christian

    A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. "Christian" derives from the Koine Greek word Christ, a translation of the Biblical Hebrew term Messiah. Central to the Christian faith is the gospel, the teaching that humans have hope for salvation through the message and work of Jesus, and particularly, his atoning death on the cross 1Co 15:3 and resurrection 1Co 15:4. Christians also believe Jesus is the Messiah prophesied in the Hebrew Bible. Most Christians believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, a description of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This includes the vast majority of churches in Christianity, although a minority are Non-trinitarians. The term "Christian" is also used adjectivally to describe anything associated with Christianity, or in a proverbial sense "all that is noble, and good, and Christ-like." It is also used as a label to identify people who associate with the cultural aspects of Christianity, irrespective of personal religious beliefs or practices.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Christian

    the name of nine kings of Denmark, of whom the first began to reign in 1448 and the last in 1863, and the following deserve notice: Christian II., conquered Sweden, but proving a tyrant, was driven from the throne by Gustavus Vasa in 1522, upon which his own subjects deposed him, an act which he resented by force of arms, in which he was defeated in 1531, his person seized, and imprisoned for life; characterised by Carlyle as a "rash, unwise, explosive man" (1481-1559). Christian IV., king from 1588 to 1648; took part on the Protestant side in the Thirty Years' War, and was defeated by Tilly; he was a good ruler, and was much beloved by his subjects; was rather unsteady in his habits, it is said (1577-1648). Christian IX., king from 1863; son of Duke William of Sleswick-Holstein, father of the Princess of Wales, George I., king of Greece, and the dowager Empress of Russia; b. 1818.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. christian

    1. One of a sect that despises and rejects the race from which its founder sprang. 2. A person who thinks he believes in a certain creed that he does not believe in, and thus is pied mentally, morally and arithmetically. 3. A man who keeps one day in the week holy and raises hell with folks and fauna the other six--sometimes.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A member of any orthodox church.

Editors Contribution

  1. christian

    christ-like "christ" (anointed, savior, messiah) "ian" (one from, belonging to, or like.)

    exemplifies christ and his teachings in the way a person lives their life and interacts with others.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Christian' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1650

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Christian' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2464

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Christian' in Nouns Frequency: #1767

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Christian' in Adjectives Frequency: #209


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Christian in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Christian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry Ward Beecher:

    If a man cannot be a Christian in the place he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.

  2. Thomas Arnold:

    My object will be, if possible, to form Christian men, for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make.

  3. Robert Gahl:

    The proper response of the Christian goes beyond turning the other cheek, which is an invitation to hit me again. The Christian response is more complex.

  4. Robert Gahl:

    Certainly the Catholic Church has never accepted passivism, the proper response of the Christian goes beyond turning the other cheek, which is an invitation to hit me again. The Christian response is more complex.

  5. R. Brokhoff:

    The Holy Spirit makes a man a Christian, and if he is a Christian through the work of the Holy Spirit, that same Spirit draws him to other Christians in the church. An individual Christian is not Christian at all.

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