- 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.