• Baptistery
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n baptistery bowl for baptismal water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Baptistery (Arch) In early times, a separate building, usually polygonal, used for baptismal services. Small churches were often changed into baptisteries when larger churches were built near.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n baptistery A building or a portion of a building in which is administered the rite of baptism. In the early Christian church the baptistery was distinct from the church-building, and was situated near its west end; it was generally circular or octagonal in form, and dome-roofed. About the end of the sixth century the baptistery began to be absorbed in the church, within which the font was placed, not far from the western door. The detached baptistery was, however, often preserved, especially in Italy; and many such baptisteries still remain in use, as that of St. John Lateran in Rome, and those of the cathedrals of Pisa, Florence, etc. As a separate building the baptistery was often of considerable size and great architectural beauty; that of Florence is 108 feet in external diameter. In the West, baptisteries were in early times commonly dedicated to St. John the Baptist. See font and baptismal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Baptistery a place where baptism is administered, either a separate building or a portion of a church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. baptisterium, Gr. baptisth`rion: cf. F. baptistère,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. baptiz-einbapt-ein, to dip in water.


In literature:

The Baptistery, with the Baptism of Christ painted on the wall, over the arch.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
A few ancient circular or polygonal churches remain which do not appear to have been built as baptisteries.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
Baptisteries anciently outside the church, 81.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Two ears of corn, or leaves, do the same thing in the mouldings round the northern door of the Baptistery at Florence.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
Pisa, Baptistery of, ii.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
The church of S. Lorenzo is baroque in style, but its baptistery contains a font of 1206 with reliefs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
At Essen the baptistery is separated from the main church, like that at Ravenna, or at Aix-en-Provence, the two foremost examples of their kind.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
The baptistery of Concordia was probably erected in 1100.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
Opposite is the baptistery, with three fine pictures by Fra Angelico.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various

In news:

Lorenzo Ghiberti's 15th-century bronze doors at the Baptistery of Florence have God, Noah, Adam and Eve going for them, but even the fabled "Gates of Paradise" don't have transom zaps.