Definitions for "Baptistery"
Keywords:  baptism, cathedral, church, rite, font
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.
A part of a church containing a font and used for baptismal services.
where the font was stored and baptisms were performed, generally near the west door. Sometimes a screen or grille separates the baptistery from the nave.