baptistery[bap′tis tər ē, -trē]
noun pl. baptisteries
- a place, esp. a part of a church, used for baptizing
- a baptismal font or tank
Origin: LL (Ec) baptisterium, baptismal font < L, place for bathing < Gr baptistērion < baptizein, baptize
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also bap·tis·trynoun pl. 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: Middle English baptisterie, from Old French, from Late Latin baptistērium, from Greek baptistērion, from baptizein, to baptize; see baptize.