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Definition of "godfather" []

  • A man who sponsors a person at baptism. (noun)
  • One that has a relationship to another person or to something that is the equivalent of being a baptismal sponsor: the godfather of a new generation of nuclear physicists. (noun)
  • Slang The leader of an organized crime family. (noun)
  • To serve as or as if a godfather to. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "godfather" in a sentence
  • "She tried to remember what Effie had said about Luca and if the word godfather played a part in the conversation."
  • "Unless, of course, your fairy godfather is Vlad the Impaler."
  • "He has been referred to as the "godfather" of blogging in the Gulf nation."