plural -es
: the spiritual relation between the godparents of a child
also : the spiritual relationship between godparents and the child's actual parents

Word History


Middle English compaternite, from Medieval Latin compaternitas, from compater godfather, after Latin pater father: Late Latin paternitas paternity

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“Compaternity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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