- a place, esp. a part of a church, used for baptizing
- a baptismal font or tank
Origin of baptisteryLate Latin (Ec) baptisterium, baptismal font ; from L, place for bathing ; from Classical Greek baptist?rion ; from baptizein, baptize
nounpl. bap·tis·ter·ies also bap·tis·tries
- A part of a church or a separate building used for baptizing.
- A font used for baptism.
Origin of baptisteryMiddle English baptisterie, from Old French, from Late Latin baptistērium, from Greek baptistērion, from baptizein, to baptize; see baptize.
- Alternative spelling of baptistry.