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ˈkrɪs tʃənChris·tian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Christianadjective

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

  2. Christianadjective

    relating to or characteristic of Christianity

    "Christian rites"

  3. christianadjective

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


  1. Christiannoun

    A believer in Christianity.

  2. Christiannoun

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

  3. Christiannoun

    An individual who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

  4. Christianadjective

    Of, like or relating to Christianity or Christians.

  5. Christianadjective

    Kind, charitable, or generous.

    That's very Christian of you.

  6. Christianadjective

    Righteous, ethical or moral.

  7. Christiannoun

    found in England since the twelfth century.

  8. Christiannoun

    of medieval usage, rare today.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Christianadjective

    Professing the religion of Christ.

    I’ll not be made a soft and dull-ey’d fool,
    To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield
    To christian intercessors. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

  2. CHRISTIANnoun

    A professor of the religion of Christ.

    Etymology: Christianus, Lat.

    We christians have certainly the best and the holiest, the wisest and most reasonable religion in the world. John Tillotson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Christiannoun

    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. Christiannoun

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

  3. Christiannoun

    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. Christiannoun

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

  5. Christianadjective

    pertaining to Christ or his religion; as, Christian people

  6. Christianadjective

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

  7. Christianadjective

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

  8. Etymology: [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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. christian

    A gold Danish coin, value in England from 16s. to 16s. 4d.

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  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

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  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

Examples of Christian in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    There are no Christian terrorists in the Middle East. they're persecuted.

  2. Jimmy Kimmel:

    Force these allegedly-Christian men – and women – who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year – to do something. Now. Not later. Now.

  3. Andy Haines:

    Christian’s a guy that takes so much pride in playing every day, he does not want to sit. He just never wants a day off. He knows the responsibility he has to people paying to watch him play and to the organization. He takes that as seriously as anyone can take it. So I know he’ll play it off a little bit, but I know deep down it hurts him, man.

  4. Christian Bjerk:

    He teared up, and I didn't know what was going on, and he said it's Christian, he's deceased.

  5. Francis Collins:

    Christians, of all people, are supposed to be particularly worried about their neighbors, if you are a Christian, or if you're anybody who has not yet gotten vaccinated, hit the reset button on whatever information you have that's causing you to be doubtful or hesitant or fearful, and look at the evidence.

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