Learner's definition of BAPTISM
a Christian ceremony in which a small amount of water is placed on a person's head or in which a person's body is briefly placed under water
◊ A baptism officially makes someone a member of the Christian Church.
— often used figuratively
◊ A baptism of fire or (chiefly US) baptism by fire is a first experience that is very difficult or painful, such as the first time that soldiers are in a battle.
always used before a noun