Christian 1[kris-chuh n] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. of, relating to, or derived from Jesus Christ or His teachings: a Christian faith.
  2. of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ: Spain is a Christian country.
  3. of or relating to Christians: many Christian deaths in the Crusades.
  4. exhibiting a spirit proper to a follower of Jesus Christ; Christlike: She displayed true Christian charity.
  5. decent; respectable: They gave him a good Christian burial.
  6. human; not brutal; humane: Such behavior isn’t Christian.


  1. a person who believes in Jesus Christ; adherent of Christianity.
  2. a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ: He died like a true Christian.
  3. a member of any of certain Protestant churches, as the Disciples of Christ and the Plymouth Brethren.
  4. the hero of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.
  5. a male given name.

Origin of Christian 1 1250–1300; Latin Chrīstiānus Greek Chrīstiānós, equivalent to Chrīst(ós) Christ + -iānos Latin -iānus -ian; replacing Middle English, Old English cristen Latin, as above Christian 2[kris-chuh n] noun

  1. Charlie,1916–42, U.S. jazz guitarist.

Christian IX noun

  1. 1818–1906, king of Denmark 1863–1906.

Christian X noun

  1. 1870–1947, king of Denmark 1912–47.

Related Words for christian religious, pious, virtuous, honest, proper, honorable, principled, humane, divine, orthodox, scriptural, Christian, apostolic, evangelic, clean, conscientious, correct, decent, elevated, equitable Examples from the Web for christian Contemporary Examples of christian

  • But the enemy of the new emirs is neither the Jew nor the Christian, it is the godless militant defending secularism.

    Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President

    Pierre Assouline

    January 9, 2015

  • The breakdown of the 114th Congress is 80 percent white, 80 percent male, and 92 percent Christian.

    The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress

    Dean Obeidallah

    January 8, 2015

  • Congress is now 92 percent Christian, resembling more to a papal enclave than our religiously diverse nation.

    The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress

    Dean Obeidallah

    January 8, 2015

  • Within a few swipes, I was already feeling that burst of romantic optimism you need the first day of the (Christian) new year.

    My Week on Jewish Tinder

    Emily Shire

    January 5, 2015

  • My understanding was that according to most Christian beliefs, being trans or gay was a sin, cut and dry.

    Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen

    Parker Molloy

    January 1, 2015

  • Historical Examples of christian

  • One might have been a model for the seraphs of Christian faith, the other an Olympian deity.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Now, that’s healthy doin’s fur a two-fisted Christian, ain’t it?

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Mr. Malbone would hardly imagine you had been bred in a Christian land.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Christian Greece weaker than at any time since she became a kingdom.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Do, some kind Christian, pump a stroke or two, just to wet my whistle.

    A Rill from the Town Pump (From “Twice Told Tales”)

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • British Dictionary definitions for christian Christian 1 noun

      1. a person who believes in and follows Jesus Christ
      2. a member of a Christian Church or denomination
    1. informal a person who possesses Christian virtues, esp practical ones


    1. of, relating to, or derived from Jesus Christ, his teachings, example, or his followers
    2. (sometimes not capital) exhibiting kindness or goodness

    Derived FormsChristianly, adjective, adverb Christian 2 noun

    1. Charlie. 1919–42, US jazz guitarist

    Christian X noun

    1. 1890–1947, king of Denmark (1912–47) and Iceland (1918–44)

    Word Origin and History for christian Christian n., adj.

    16c., forms replacing earlier Christen, from Old English cristen (noun and adjective), from a West Germanic borrowing of Church Latin christianus, from Ecclesiastical Greek christianos, from Christos (see Christ). First used in Antioch, according to Acts xi:25-26. Christian Science as the name of a religious sect is from 1863.

    christian in Culture Christian

    A follower or disciple of Jesus; someone who believes Jesus is the Christ or Messiah. The New Testament mentions that the followers of Jesus were first called Christians within a few years after his death.


    A follower of Jesus and his teachings. Christian is also a descriptive term for the institutions and practices of Christianity.

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