noun god·fa·ther \ˈgäd-ˌfä-thər also ˈgd-\

: a man who is a godparent

: a man who invents or begins something

: the leader of a group of criminals who belong to a secret criminal organization (such as the Mafia)

Full Definition of GODFATHER

:  a man who sponsors a person at baptism
:  one having a relation to someone or something analogous to that of a male sponsor to his godchild: as
a :  one that founds, supports, or inspires <made him the godfather of a whole generation of rebels — Times Literary Supplement>
b :  the leader of an organized crime syndicate

Examples of GODFATHER

  1. Her uncle is her godfather.
  2. Many people regard him as the godfather of rock and roll.

First Known Use of GODFATHER

before 12th century



Definition of GODFATHER

transitive verb
:  to act as godfather to

First Known Use of GODFATHER

GODFATHERING Defined for Kids


noun god·fa·ther \ˈgäd-ˌfä-thər\

Definition of GODFATHER for Kids

:  a boy or man who is a sponsor for someone at baptism


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