a) A designated space within a church, or a separate room or building associated with a church, where a baptismal font is located, and consequently, where the sacrament of Christian baptism (via aspersion or affusion) is performed.
b) An indoor pool used for baptism by immersion.

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  • Baptistry — Baptistery Bap tis*ter*y,Baptistry Bap tis*try, n.; pl. {Baptisteries}, {Baptistries}. [L. baptisterium, Gr. baptisth rion: cf. F. baptist[ e]re.] (Arch.) (a) In early times, a separate building, usually polygonal, used for baptismal services.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Baptistry —    A portion of a church set apart for the administration of Holy Baptism. Sometimes the Baptistry was erected as a separate building or attached to a church or cathedral, specially adapted for Baptism by immersion …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • baptistry — noun see baptistery …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • baptistry — /bap teuh stree/, n., pl. baptistries. baptistery. * * * …   Universalium

  • BAPTISTRY —    a circular building, sometimes detached from a church, in which the rite of baptism is administered; the most remarkable, that of Pisa …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • baptistry — n. baptistery, place where a baptism takes place; baptismal tank or bowl …   English contemporary dictionary

  • baptistry — bap·tis·try …   English syllables

  • baptistry — bap•tist•ry [[t]ˈbæp tə stri[/t]] n. pl. ries archit. rel baptistery …   From formal English to slang

  • baptistry —   n. part of church where baptism is performed, formerly a separate building …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • baptistry — noun bowl for baptismal water • Syn: ↑baptismal font, ↑baptistery, ↑font • Hypernyms: ↑basin …   Useful english dictionary

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