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Definition of "godparent" [godparent]

  • A godfather or a godmother. (noun)

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 "godparent" in a sentence
  • "An atheist can be a wonderful influence in a child's life, but being a godparent is to be a representative of the religious community and an example of godly living which is why they should be baptised and preferably confirmed, in addition to supporting them socially."
  • "Any children born as a result were regarded as divine or as saints - a custom with worldwide parallels English surnames such as Goodman, Jackson or Robinson perhaps derive from similar sacred unions with god in the form of Green Men characters such as Jack o'the Green or Robin Greenwood; I would also suggest that the original sense of 'godparent' and 'godchild' has similar origins."
  • "That said, some folks use "godparent" to mean "Care for my kids if something should happen to us" but that's something a lawyer will have to write up."