baptistery /ˈbaptɪst(ə)ri / baptistry


I. noun

1. the part of a church used for baptism.
‹historical› a building next to a church, used for baptism.
3. (in a Baptist chapel) a sunken receptacle used for baptism by total immersion.
– origin Middle English: from Old French baptistere, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek baptistērion, from baptizein ‘immerse, baptize’.

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