What does Christian mean?

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ˈkrɪs tʃənChris·tian

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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

Wiktionary

  1. Christian(Noun)

    A believer in Christianity.

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

  2. Christian(Noun)

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

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

  3. Christian(Noun)

    An individual who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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

  4. Christian(Adjective)

    Of, like or relating to Christianity or Christians.

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

  5. Christian(Adjective)

    Kind, charitable, or generous.

    That's very Christian of you.

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

  6. Christian(Adjective)

    Righteous, ethical or moral.

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

  7. Christian(ProperNoun)

    found in England since the twelfth century.

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

  8. Christian(ProperNoun)

    of medieval usage, rare today.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. christianus, Gr. ; cf. AS. cristen. See 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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  5. Christian(adj)

    pertaining to Christ or his religion; as, Christian people

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

  6. Christian(adj)

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

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

  7. Christian(adj)

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

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

Freebase

  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

  1. CHRISTIAN

    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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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

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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. The Iraqi ambassador:

    These terrorist groups have desecrated all human values, they have committed the most heinous criminal terrorist acts against the Iraqi people -- whether Shia, Sunni, Christian, Turkmen.

  2. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:

    I've actually never talked about it or I haven't read about that. I've never asked him that, you've asked me to make statements about people that I haven't had a conversation with about that. How (could) I say if I know either of you are a Christian?

  3. Brynne Lawrence:

    One of the most common forms of Christian persecution in China is church demolition, often, authorities will accuse Christians of not following safety codes or of gathering illegally, but these accusations are usually a front that gives the government permission to take legalaction against the church.

  4. Duncan Clark:

    Those seeking jobs in the tech sector or private sector generally weren't bothered. Outwardly being a party member might be as weird as, say, being a Christian in Silicon Valley.

  5. Jack Lynch:

    I'm sick of this, this country was founded on Christian beliefs. In God we trust. Now people want to come in and change all that. If they don't like it let them leave.

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