Meaning of BAPTISM in English

BAPTISM

n.1 a the religious rite, symbolizing admission to the Christian Church, of sprinkling the forehead with water, or (usu. only with adults) by immersion, generally accompanied by name-giving. b the act of baptizing or being baptized.

2 an initiation, e.g. into battle.

3 the naming of ships, church bells, etc.

Phrases and idioms:

baptism of fire

1. initiation into battle.

2 a painful new undertaking or experience.

Derivatives:

baptismal adj.

Etymology: ME f. OF ba(p)te(s)me f. eccl.L baptismus f. eccl.Gk baptismos f. baptizo BAPTIZE

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.